Organizations have desire for continuity
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Frank Wren sensed something was out of whack when his boss, John Schuerholz, turned to him during an Atlanta Braves instructional league game in Florida last month and asked, "Have you seen enough?" In their eight years sharing a front office, Wren couldn't recall Schuerholz ever asking that question in the seventh inning of a ballgame.An hour later, they were back at the hotel lounge, shooting the breeze over liquid refreshments, when Schuerholz shared the news that some major changes were in store for the Atlanta organization. Such as? "I'm going to become the president," Schuerholz said, leaning across the table with a smile and an outstretched hand. "And you're going to be the general manager."
There's a lot less pressure on the No. 2 guy taking over than an outsider coming in and filling those shoes. ... It's really the ideal route.
--A's GM Billy Beane