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The Braves have hired John Hart as a special advisor

Nov 22, 2013, 3:53 PM EDT

John Hart AP

The Braves have announced that they have hired John Hart as senior advisor to their baseball operations department.

Hart, you probably know, is the former general manager of the Cleveland Indians and Texas Rangers. For several years he has served as a senior adviser of baseball operations for the Rangers and as an analyst for MLB Network.  He goes back a long ways with Braves president John Schuerholz too.

Hart’s contract with the Rangers was up after this past season. It’s possible this move relates to Nolan Ryan’s departure from the Rangers organization, but given that he predated Ryan in Texas, I wouldn’t read too much into that. It is likely just a matter of new challenges in a new environment and a chance to work with an old friend in Schuerholz.

And heck, given that his most noted accomplishment in Cleveland was locking up young players to long below market deals, combined with the Braves multiple young players who could be looking at such extensions soon, perhaps Atlanta just wants to have the master on the payroll.

  1. sgtr0c - Nov 22, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Would that make him a master–baiter?

    Sorry the ten yr old side of me couldn’t help it.

  2. markofapro - Nov 22, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    All this guy did in Texas was play golf. He was useless. If they need advisement, don’t hire him.

    • mscxvd - Nov 22, 2013 at 6:04 PM

      the Braves dont need your advisement

  3. dcfan999 - Nov 22, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    Good now I don’t have to here him on mlb network

  4. nsstlfan - Nov 22, 2013 at 5:16 PM

    You never know he was on Ranger payroll and still worked for MLB Network

  5. hammer1836 - Nov 22, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    Another “Peter Principle” hiring for this guy. He must have incriminating pictures of all kinds of people.
    Absolutely horrible GM for the Rangers!

    • Kevin Gillman - Nov 23, 2013 at 12:23 AM

      Yet, he took the Indians to 2 AL pennants, so….

  6. sportsfan18 - Nov 22, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Hey Braves management.

    Spend a few more bucks. Add some power arms to your admittedly good pitching staffs as a few power arms are needed in the playoffs.

    And oh yeah, get some offense too.

    There, special advising is finished.

  7. cackalackyank - Nov 22, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Do they get Stephanie Powers too?

  8. markofapro - Nov 23, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    He didn’t “take” the Indians to two pennants. Look at the Indians 1989 draft. Arguably the best draft ever.

    Consider the trades for Baerga and Alomar, jr.

    That was under Hank Peters’ watch.


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