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Schuerholz Won't Be Nats' Next GM

From the way things are developing, all signs are that Mike Rizzo is the most likely candidate to be the next general manager of the Nationals. Everything we've read from Chico, whether it's the original announcement that Rizzo would be the acting GM for day-to-day affairs, or this terrific profile, explain exactly why Rizzo is almost sure to be the guy.

That being said, there have been other names bantered about as potential successors to Jim Bowden. One of the prominent candidates was Braves president John Schuerholz, a Baltimore native and former employee of Stan Kasten. With the connection all too obvious for writers to overlook, some (most glaringly, FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal) had speculated that Schuerholz would be a perfect fit for the job.

Evidently, Schuerholz isn't nearly as convinced that he's a good fit, and he all but officially ruled himself out for the job with this statement yesterday to Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, on David O'Brien's Braves Blog:

"Other than the fact that it had no element of fact to it, I don't know where he came up with it. It was completely baseless as it relates to me. Obviously it was his judgment or guess that it might be so because I happen to have been born in Baltimore and I worked for Stan (Kasten). Those two things are true. Other than that, end of story."

Sounds pretty final, doesn't it? So much for the Schuerholz theories.

By Cameron Smith  |  March 6, 2009; 12:12 PM ET
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Not to mention he's the PRESIDENT of the Braves organization. Why would he take a demotion to come to Washington?

Posted by: ilikeike | March 6, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't sound final to me at all.

He may or may not become the Nats GM, but that statement is a classic non-denial denial. He completely avoids addressing the question of whether he will become, or is interested in becoming, the Nats GM, and instead focuses on the reporter, and the story's sourcing, etc.

It is hardly a Shermanesque statement, and it leaves the door wide open.

Posted by: Meridian1 | March 7, 2009 7:49 AM | Report abuse

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