Braves president John Schuerholz was the team’s general manager throughout its unprecedented run of 14 consecutive division titles from 1991-2005, doing it with team payrolls that ranged from the bottom quarter of the majors at the beginning, to the top quarter for the bulk of the run, to middle-of-the-pack near the end. Given his experiences, few are as familiar with the luxuries of a huge payroll and the challenges of competing at an elite level on a middle-class budget.
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As told to David O’Brien