Following the departure of Kurt Kemp as director of player personnel, the Braves announced Tuesday they have increased the responsibilities of both Bruce Manno and Ronnie Richardson to fill that position.
Manno, 58, assistant general manager to Frank Wren, will have his role expanded to include overseeing player development. And Richardson, 30, who was the assistant director of player personnel for three years under Kemp, was promoted to director of minor league operations.
“We’d like to increase Ronnie Richardson’s responsibilities,” Wren said. “He’s really grown and done a good job and we think he has a bright future. So this was one way to increase his responsibilities and also to learn from someone with Bruce’s experience. Not many guys have as much experience in that job and have done it as well as he has. I think it was the perfect opportunity for us to solidify that department with two real quality people.
In his 35 years in professional baseball, Manno has served as director of player development for both the Cardinals and Brewers.
Kemp resigned Sept. 1 to pursue other opportunities in baseball.
John Coppolella was also promoted to director of professional scouting, something he’s basically been doing in his job coordinating the Braves’ major league scouting department as director of baseball administration.
“This is more a situation of having his title match his job description,” Wren said.