G-Braves' GM to step down

In his 23rd season as a Class AAA general manager, Bruce Baldwin oversaw the opening of a new stadium, dealt with the daily trials of a first-year minor league baseball facility and fan base and lived miles away from his family.

It's that latter that brought him to Friday's announcement. Baldwin will officially resign as the team's general manager once a replacement is found.

"I love this organization, but I love my family more and they're back in Richmond," Baldwin said in a team release.

But after a career in baseball that began 1982, Baldwin is not done with baseball. He will stay on as a special minor league consultant for the Braves organization.

"I'm thrilled I will be back with my family full time and that I can remain working with the Braves," he said. "I'm deeply grateful and appreciative of everyone in Gwinnett."

The Braves said they would begin a search for a new GM immediately and top candidates for the job include current G-Braves assistant general manager for operations Bill Blackwell and Class AA Mississippi GM Steve DeSalvo.

During Baldwin's tenure in Richmond and Gwinnett, he oversaw 11 playoff teams, including three Governors' Cup Champions in 1986, 1989 and 2007. His final team, and first in Gwinnett, lost in the first round of the playoffs this year. Future Braves Chipper Jones, David Justice, Mark Lemke and Javy Lopez played on his teams. Grady Little and Bobby Cox managed Baldwin teams.