Atlanta Braves president John Schuerholz announced today that executive vice president and general manager Frank Wren has been dismissed. Schuerholz has named former Major League executive and MLB Network analyst John Hart as the club's interim general manager.
In addition, the Braves have formed a three-person transition team that will include Schuerholz and Hart, as well as Hall of Famer and former Braves field manager Bobby Cox. This transition team will conduct the search to find a permanent general manager.
Hart, 66, joined the Braves in November 2013 as Senior Advisor, Baseball Operations. He spent eight seasons (2006-13) as a senior advisor with the Texas Rangers organization, following four seasons (2002-05) as that club's general manager. He has been an analyst for the MLB Network since 2009.
Before joining the Rangers in November 2001, Hart spent 13 seasons with the Cleveland Indians, including the last 10 as executive vice president and general manager. After not advancing to postseason play since 1954, Cleveland captured six American League Central Division titles in a span of seven seasons (1995-2001), including two American League pennants (1995 and '97) under Hart's leadership. He was honored by The Sporting News as the Major League Executive of the Year in both 1994 and '95.
Wren was in his 15th season with the Braves and his seventh as the club's general manager. He was named to the GM post on October 11, 2007, when Schuerholz became the team president. Wren previously served eight seasons (2000-07) as the Braves' vice president/assistant general manager.