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Braves pitcher John Smoltz commented in detail about the position of General Manager and the team's post season success, "I look at a GM and see a certain philosophy in how to run a team: win a championship, win a division, get competitive or get a team out of the cellar. We have been put together to win the division with the chance to win the championship. This team is not built to win a championship (only) and then fall back. We've had a chance to win every year, year in and year out, for twelve years in a row. There's nothing more you want as a player. After you win the division, it's up to us. When you have this many chances, it's up to us. We're in an age when you expect a GM to make a move in July to put you over the top. We've been built for a longer period. All the teams we've faced in the playoffs — Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, the Dodgers, the Marlins, San Diego, Houston — all these teams that knocked us off, after that, what have they done? They've fallen back. But we've stayed up there. Some might say there was too much tinkering, but with the economics of the game, that tinkering has gotten us to the playoffs every year."
Three former players (Paul Richards, Eddie Robinson & Bobby Cox) served as General Manager of the Atlanta Braves. Do you believe that players make better General Managers? Who was the best former player turned General Manager? Share your opinions about these topics and more on Baseball Fever.