Schuerholz’s son is new rookie-ball manager

The Braves will have new or reassigned managers at five of six minor-league affiliates, including Jonathan Schuerholz in the Gulf Coast rookie league and former major leaguer Luis Salazar at High-Class A Lynchburg (Va.).

Schuerholz, the son of Braves president and former general manager John Schuerholz, is former Braves minor leaguer who spent the past two seasons as a roving instructor in the organization.

Salazar played several positions in a 14-year major league career through 1992. He has coached and managed since then, primarily in the minors and most recently as a Double-A hitting coach in the Dodgers organization.

Rocket Wheeler was moved up to manage Double-A Mississippi after five seasons as manager of the High-A team, formerly located in Myrtle Beach. Former Mississippi manager Phillip Wellman was fired after the season.

Paul Runge and Randy Ingle swapped manager’s jobs, with Runge moving up to Class A Rome after six seasons at rookie-league Danville. Ingle takes over at Danville after five seasons with Rome.

The only Braves minor league manager who kept his same job was Triple-A Gwinnett manager Dave Brundage, back for a fifth season. Jamie Dismuke returns as Gwinnett hitting coach, while Marty Reed will serve as Triple-A pitching coach after two seasons at Mississippi.

Former Braves pitcher Vladimir Nunez is moving into the coaching ranks, hired as pitching coach on Schuerholz’s Gulf Coast staff.

The other affiliate hitting coaches include Garey Ingraham (Mississippi), Bobby Moore (Lynchburg), Carlos Mendez (Rome), D.J. Boston (Danville) and Rick Albert (Gulf Coast).

Other pitching coaches are Mike Alvarez (Mississippi), Derek Botelho (Lynchburg), Derrick Lewis (Rome) and Gabe Luckert (Danville).

Dave Wallace returns as minor league pitching coordinator and Leon Roberts as hitting coordinator, with roving instructors that include Tommy  Shields (infield), Lynn Jones (outfield and baserunning), Joe Breeden (catching), Luckie Dacosta (strength and conditioning) and Matt Saitz (assistant strength and conditioning).

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November 18th, 2010
5:44 pm


November 18th, 2010
5:51 pm

Not first but second…

always high

November 18th, 2010
5:51 pm

Totally missed anything about the Wellman firing. Can anyone share on that?

Asheville Dawg

November 18th, 2010
5:52 pm


November 18th, 2010
5:53 pm

I know…I liked Wellman, mainly because of the great video of him losing it. Thank you youtube!


November 18th, 2010
6:32 pm


2 questions Dave
1. you mentioned that Shafer is finally showing signs. What is that based on? I haven’t read any reports on him since his season was ended to rest the wrist
2. Would Wren consider signing andrew for the backup centerfield job? He’s cheaper than matt and more productive with 19hr. last year for the sox

2. Would wren consider andrew as the backup centerfielder. He’s cheaper than diaz and had 19 hr’s


November 18th, 2010
6:59 pm

Phillip Wellman can throw a good grenade.


November 18th, 2010
7:06 pm

It’s good to have Daddys in high places.


November 18th, 2010
8:00 pm

Jerbo: Big problem with Andrew is that American is fastball league and National throws a lot of hooks and Andrew couldn’t hit hook if it were on a tee….


November 18th, 2010
8:01 pm

Jaamieeeeeeee Disss Muke (as announced) was a fan favorite when he played for Chattanooga. Congrats on the gig.

Biff Pocoroba

November 18th, 2010
8:03 pm

Schuerholtz couldn’t hit a lick at Auburn but his dad drafted him for the Braves. Now he has been given a manager’s job without much experience. I guess this is why Senior didn’t completely retire. He is sticking around to get his kid a nice paycheck.

rick p

November 18th, 2010
8:24 pm

“Jerbo: Big problem with Andrew is that American is fastball league and National throws a lot of hooks and Andrew couldn’t hit hook if it were on a tee….”

As Bubba Skinner might say “Uh yeah, and I guess you have some evidence for that?”

Take your time–Im not going with “conventional wisdom’ or ‘evrybody knows”

Sally Sarcasm

November 18th, 2010
8:29 pm


Yeah, THAT’LL maintain a winning organization.


November 18th, 2010
8:41 pm

Schuerholz??? What a joke…all the talent out there with years of experience…way to develop talent!


November 18th, 2010
9:17 pm

Schuerholtz and son are a Joke and are still fleecing the Braves

Ken Stallings

November 18th, 2010
9:26 pm

I’m sorry, he may well be the best qualified, but the Braves should not hire someone who’s the son of the former GM and current Vice President!

That is mepotism, and it does not look good! Let him earn his stripes for another organization in baseball!


November 18th, 2010
9:44 pm

Yogi2 – You are correct! Schuerholtz Sr. was a dunce that lived off of 3 great pitchers and a farm system he could milk for short term “glory”. By the way, anyone notice how many of the post season awards are going to those farmhands Schuerholtz Sr threw in to get rent a players?

Sickening …


November 18th, 2010
9:46 pm

No different than Chip Carey (not so good), Ernie Johnson Jr (pretty good), Skip Carey (very good), etc..

Just the way of the world whether its sports, business, entertainment, etc.

Who among us wouldn’t give our sons and daughters a career break if we had the chance. Still, once given te chance they still have to produce.

Sally Sarcasm

November 18th, 2010
10:26 pm

What’s next?

Fredi Gonzalez getting fired after one season to make room for Bobby Cox, JR. (illegitimate) to take over as manager?


Yeah, THAT’LL maintain a winning organization.


November 18th, 2010
10:39 pm

well js once promoted that kid to triple a when he was hitting around a buck at double a but everyone on this blog said welll hes a superior defensive inf i said yea and js kid lol

Thanks Ted

November 18th, 2010
11:40 pm

Got to keep it in the Family. The Good ole Boys Club at it again.

And Roodge Owns

November 19th, 2010
12:10 am

Aw, man, the Schuerholz hiring is disappointing. Buncha bull. Oraganization’s too classy for that crap.

charlotte observer

November 19th, 2010
12:21 am

I guess Bobby is the main reason Wellman kept his job for so long. He (Wellman) may be a good manager .. but he wouldn’t have kept his job where I work. I sure like watching that video though. I’ll have to down load it .. for future viewing. It’s good therapy for maintaining composure during stressful situations. I agree with .. Thanks Ted …. about the “Good ole Boys Club”. I wonder how Glen Hubbard got lost in the sauce? Would have been good to see Hubbard work with Uggla.


November 19th, 2010
6:56 am

Let’s get back to speculating about next year. Hearing about JS junior is depressing. Let’s talk about Frank Wren, and not even mention Schurheoltz.


November 19th, 2010
8:53 am


Any updates from AFL on Pastornicky? I’ve seen how he hasn’t played in a week+. Injured?


November 19th, 2010
9:02 am

I saw where the Blue Jays picked up Rajai Davis. There goes one good backup.
Any chance the Braves go after Josh Willingham? Evidently the Nats aren’t going to re-sign him for 2011. He’d be a great pickup for our outfield.

Jesse Stone

November 19th, 2010
9:38 am

Rajai Davis: a backup?????

Barry Bonnell

November 19th, 2010
9:47 am

It sure would have been nice to see Hubbard named rookie manager instead.


November 19th, 2010
9:55 am

@Biff—apparently you dont realize minor league managers salaries are not that of MLB guys. Even then, he works at the lowest level, with the lowest pay. And yes a ton of people help their child with jobs and careers. Just bc he was an awful player doesnt mean he will be an awful manager. More than likely, just the opposite.

Felix Millan

November 19th, 2010
9:56 am

Roger- “short term glory”. 14 years straight is hardly short term glory.

Mike Jay

November 19th, 2010
10:05 am

Why is the JS hire an issue? Anyone know anything about him other than his last name? I do know he grew up around a Major League club. He has been eating and drinking baseball his entire life. He obviously knows baseball and has been insrtucting in the farm system for two years. Giving him a shot at the lowest level is not a bad idea. You negative Nancy’s will harp on anything.

Thanks Ted

November 19th, 2010
10:11 am

Mike Jay are you blind?


November 19th, 2010
10:17 am

No- news?…is good new? I don’t think so.
Hope you had a good trip DOB. Thanks for up-dates etc.

Where’s Bill Hall? Damn I was wishing Wren could bring him home with him, like Uggla. Oh well guess we got Mather?

cracked bats

November 19th, 2010
10:23 am

It’s nice to have a Dad in HIGH PLACES!!! Young Jonathan couldn’t cut it as a minor leaguer — but now he’s a Manager? How old is this “KID?”
In five years he’ll be the General Manager of the Braves if Daddy has his way…..what a crock

Mike Jay

November 19th, 2010
10:26 am

Ted, nope not blind I am just willing to wait and see if JS Jr. is a good manager or not. He could be a fantastic hire. What do you know about him that tells you he will be a failure? I know plenty of people who have gotten a job through their family and have been outstanding at it. I cn guarantee you he knows more about baseball than you and I combined.

Mike Jay

November 19th, 2010
10:29 am

Hell i got a job through my Uncle who owned a company 8 years ago. I worked extra hard to prove to everyone that I was NOT just getting a free hand out. I put in extra time, worked weekends, whatever it took to get the job done.


November 19th, 2010
10:40 am

Working for your dad or his organization is not all it’s cracked up to be. I worked for my Dad for a few years which convinced me to start my own unrelated business. My son did the same. By the way, every time I saw JS, Jr. play for Auburn, usually against the Gators, he raked.


November 19th, 2010
10:46 am

Jonathan Schuerholz is 30. And yes, as everyone knows this is clearly nepotism. That’s why people are skeptical, Mike Jay. His whole career in the minors daddy pulled every string he could to try to get him able to get to the majors and he didn’t deserve it. Check out his full season stats in AAA in 2006 at I’d be hard pressed to name any other player in AAA in the past decade who accomplished as little in similar playing time. I suppose we should be grateful that he’s starting in the rookie leagues instead of being placed at AA. If daddy is still alive, I suspect that within 5 years he’ll be managing at Gwinnett.


November 19th, 2010
11:16 am

How do you spell, “nepotism” anyway?


November 19th, 2010
11:26 am

Jeez Louise….I have not lived in Atlanta for almost 40 years but have stayed a Braves fan. I am absolutely astounded at all the “brains” that comment on this blog. So what that Jonathan Schuerholz was hired to do a low paying, thankless job in the bottom reaches of the minor leagues. Just this morning I saw Mika Brezinski on MSNBC interviewing her brother. Think maybe their Dad had something to do with their careers? I for sure would help my sons find jobs and am sure most here would do the same. You have no factual basis to believe he will be anything other than a good hire. He might be lousy, but not because of his father or his playing career. About 99% of successful managers were lousy players. Know what LaRussa’s career stats are? How about Tommy Lasorda? Ron Washington? Bruce Bochy? Bobby Cox? None Hall of Famers as players. So give it a rest and give the young man a chance. He has lived and breathed baseball his entire life and was not blessed with the physical ability, but may very well possess an uncommon ability to direct players and an organization.


November 19th, 2010
11:49 am

I won’t disagree with many of the negative statements made about the hiring of Jonathan Schuerholz. I know from a well-placed team source that the management at MB was under direct orders to make sure he got his playing time. From his statistics, it is reasonable to assume that pressure was present at other levels.

Still, many, maybe most, of the better managers were fringe players at best. Therefore, I say we should reserve judgment and give him a chance. I believe he may surprise a lot of people and I wish him success. From personal knowledge, I can say that he was a likeable and congenial kid at MB. I hope that hasn’t changed. Good luck to Jonathan Schuerholz.


November 19th, 2010
2:08 pm

You don’t have to be a great player to be a great manager. I am sure everyone ripping Jr. thinks they can probably do a better job. My father played in the big leagues and it didn’t help me one bit. I still had to earn everything on my own. The Braves are like a family, look how long they have kept Snitker, Albert, Runge, etc. They realize their way has worked over the long haul and I am glad they are keeping people in there that understand the values of the organization.

Chip Carey

November 19th, 2010
3:24 pm

Don’t worry about all the negative-nellies Jonathan, they are only jealous of our success.


November 22nd, 2010
9:15 am

his father work for Atlanta Braves and he get a nice job and know he have comfort money in the future. Look how everyone try to find a job and yet they only pick who have a famous father or mother. Please stop this and let other get the job. this make me little digust about i

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