Braves fill farm director position from within

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.

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September 13th, 2011
7:40 pm


September 13th, 2011
7:41 pm

LOL…always wanted to do that…sorry to the other readers…it won’t happen again…just happened upon it…good to hear we have good people in place….GO Braves….

time to panic

September 13th, 2011
7:54 pm

Nice start braves. A big 0-fer with RISP. We are only in the top of the third!!!


September 13th, 2011
8:03 pm

I would like to know what happened to Constanza, is Fredi pissed off at him or is he hurt????


September 13th, 2011
8:28 pm

Fredi doesn’t know what he’s doing.

Retired 6 years too late

September 13th, 2011
8:39 pm

Braves minor league teams have no position players that are ready to make the ML Club. No one to push Gonzo who I hope this is his last season here in a Braves uniform. Get some speed and Size(over 6′1) players in this farm system.


September 13th, 2011
9:07 pm

I guess the Braves may have to give these 2 guys raises to compensate them for addtl responsibilities. i hope they can afford it !
they probably still saved money by not bringing in a new guy. that is their main objective-saving money.
Kemp may end up in Wash. working with Roy Clark. I have a hunch.
drafting a few hitters more than once every 5 years would help.


September 13th, 2011
9:07 pm

Braves fan from Raleigh NC can a take deep breath, the Braves lead 3-1

[...] office members following the departure of director of player personnel Kurt Kemp, according to Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Assistant GM Bruce Manno will oversee player development, Ronnie Richardson was promoted to [...]


September 13th, 2011
10:35 pm

BigDawg….Constanza has been found out by the pitchers. Fredi played him perfectly. He rode him until the rest of the league caught on to him. Now that the league has a book on him he is a pinch runner/defensive replacement and a pinch hitter. With some spot starts. With the really early game tomorrow I suspect he might get the start in LF and HOF Chipper gets the day off.

Tom G

September 13th, 2011
10:45 pm

Joseph – I guess the same pitchers that found out about Constanza has also found out about JasonH! Constanza has slumped down to .320BA, with 7-8 SB’s, now how about your fav JasonH down to .222BA. Oh yes, he struck out tonite with runners at 1st and 3rd with one out! Constanza and Diaz should be playing ahead on JasonH if we really want to win.

Just A Fan

September 13th, 2011
11:04 pm

Heard Coppolella’s name mentioned as a rising star, in the Theo Epstein mold.


September 14th, 2011
7:20 am

So do Bruce and Ronnie also get to split Kurt’s paycheck? I know an awful lot of organizations (not just MLB) who would do a similar “expand the responsibilities” of remaining managers after loss of one (or more)… at the same exact pay.

Then the BIG boss gets to say to the bean-counters “lookie how much IIIIIIIII saved!”


September 14th, 2011
10:15 am

@Tom G:

Since August 17:
Constanza – .195 BA and .428 OPS
Heyward – .259 BA and .714 OPS

Game. Set. Match. Thanks for playing. Good night.

Tom G

September 14th, 2011
11:47 am

Ted – You are not playing fair, look at both stats when they were in line-up and not pinch-hitting! Also do not pick out only 3 weeks in this season where JasonH has played decent. Give Constanza a solid month of regular playing time and let us see what happens. Pinch-hitting is the most difficult task in baseball. My bet is he will hit over .300 just like he did at AAA and ATL and continue to steal a lot of bases. If we do not play him some other team next year will be glad to get him. Speed is a god-given talent and not many have his type!


September 15th, 2011
5:06 pm

Last 20 starts:

Constanza__ 20 .279 .338 .368 0.705
Heyward ____20 .238 .329 .333 0.662

Thank you for playing, Ted.

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