March 28, 2012 |
Every time Magic Johnson and Guggenheim money-man Mark Walter give an interview about their group taking over the Dodgers, there is a familiar refrain: Stan Kasten is the baseball guy. Only is he? Kasten made his baseball name as a baseball executive. He is the former president of the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals. He has never been a baseball general manager. He has been a basketball GM with the Atlanta Hawks, but once Ted Turner slid him over to the Braves, he was always an executive on the baseball side.
March 19, 2006 |
Jonathan Schuerholz hears the whispers, and picks up on the disapproving looks from those who consider him the classic example of nepotism. He's with the Atlanta Braves, they must be saying, only because his father is the general manager. Well, there's no getting around that -- John Schuerholz is the GM of the Braves. But father and son say their relationship at the ballpark is all business. "He might be in a deal someday," the proud but pragmatic dad said.
October 16, 1992 |
Some of the headlines in the Atlanta Journal and Constitution on Thursday read: "Oh, Yes!" "One for the Ages!" "Unbelievable!"
October 21, 1992 |
John Schuerholz was talking about Deion Sanders the person. Bobby Cox was talking about Deion Sanders the athlete. Schuerholz suggested Tuesday night he has lost a measure of respect for Sanders. Cox seemed to say he has nothing but respect. "He's just a special athlete, he really is," Cox said. The special athlete known as Neon Deion lit up Game 3 of the World Series, but it was not enough to win a special kind of game for the Braves. They lost to the Toronto Blue Jays, 3-2.
October 19, 1991 |
Is there more rhyme than reason to this worst-to-first business? Or is the 1991 World Series, matching the only two teams to have gone from last to first in consecutive seasons, simply the latest and most graphic example of baseball's era of parity, sometimes spelled with o-d-y at the end? What does it mean? What, if anything, is the reason for the rhyme?