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That’s right, it’s good to be a Schuerholz.

Jr.If you’re Braves GM Jon Schuerholz, your team is on top of the NL East, Chipper Jones is healthy, Tim Hudson is dominant again, and Bobby Cox is about to set a record for most career ejections.

If you’re Braves minor league prospect Jonathan Schuerholz, son of the GM, things are good because you just got promoted from AA to AAA because…um…well…because you’re Jonathan Schuerholz, that’s why!

From the AJC:

Another note, Jonathan Schuerholz, son of Braves general manager John Schuerholz, got called up to Richmond from Mississippi to replace Willie Harris on the roster. Schuerholz, an infielder, was hitting .182 (4-for-22) in 12 games in Mississippi.

Now I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking that .182 isn’t very good and that this is a clear case of nepotism. But I don’t believe in nepotism. To quote Ferris Bueller, “I don’t believe in isms. Isms, in my opinion, are not good.” In other words, there must be some other reason for Schuerholz’s promotion.

Maybe his low average isn’t a concern because he’s more of a power guy? Well, he only had four hits this year and they were all singles. So that’s not it.

Maybe he’s fast? Well, he didn’t steal any bases at AA.

Sr.Maybe he got called up because they simply needed a 2B at AAA? No, he got called up to replace outfielder Willie Harris, who is an outfielder.

Maybe he’s just off to a slow start? Nope. Not that either. Last year, in 116 games in the international league, he hit .184 with 2 HR and 25 RBI. His on-base percentage was .252 and he struck out 94 times, while walking only 32 tims. Actually, this is Schuerholz’s second chance with Richmond. Last year, after a late-season promotion to the Triple-A team, he hit just .175 in 143 at-bats.

Hey, I know! He didn’t make any errors in his first 12 games in AA! That’s it! Schuerholz is a defensive dynamo! That’s why he got promoted.

See, I knew it wasn’t nepotism.

Thanks to Danny O. for the tip.

3 Responses to “It’s good to be a Schuerholz”

  1. Danny O says:

    What, no credit to eagle-eye Orrock here?

  2. Nick Kapur says:

    Wow. I mean, really, wow…

    This is the most glaring case of nepotism I’ve ever seen!

    Jon Schuerholz Jr. is a 27-year-old non-prospect with career minor league batting average of .225 and a .314 career OBP. And absolutely no power whatsoever – 4 home runs last year in 445 at-bats.

    Why is this guy even anywhere near Triple-A ball? His last season that could even vaguely be called “good” was four years ago in low A ball, when he hit .251 and OPS’d only .656, but at least had a reasonably decent OBP of .356 and stole 25 bases.

    In the three seasons since that time he’s batted .207, .245, and .184, yet for some reason he’s been steadily advancing another level up the minor league ladder each year!

    At this rate I’m just going to go ahead and make the call that he will be the Braves starting 2B in 2008.

  3. This had me laughing out loud. Great article Coley…I don’t even know what else I should say.

    I feel like I should be defending my man Schuerholz Sr but this is indefensible.

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