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Braves announce changes to baseball operations staff
08/13/2006 3:31 PM ET
ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves announced two appointments to their Baseball Operations administrative staff today. The appointments were announced by Braves Executive Vice President and General Manager John Schuerholz.

Paul Snyder has been named Director of Baseball Operations and Kurt Kemp has been named Director of Player Development.

Snyder, a long-time Braves scout and executive, served as Director of Scouting and Player Development for the Braves from 1996 to 1999. In his new capacity, he will have oversight responsibilities in both areas.

Kemp, 45, is in his 10th season with the Braves. He served as an area scout for four years (1997-2000) and has been a National Cross Checker since 2001. A 1983 graduate of Oregon State University, Kemp was drafted by the San Francisco Giants in 1983, but did not sign. He spent five seasons (1984-87) as an assistant coach at Yavapai College in Arizona and nine seasons (1988-96) as an assistant at Oregon State before joining the Braves in 1997.

"The Braves organization has relied on Paul Snyder's expertise for more than 40 years," Schuerholz said. "His supervision of our scouting and player development programs has helped us consistently develop outstanding talent within our minor league system. Kurt Kemp has been an important part of our scouting program for 10 years and we are excited to see him begin this new chapter in his career."

Kemp replaces J.J. Picollo, who had served as Acting Director of Player Development since Dayton Moore departed in June to become the General Manager of the Kansas City Royals.

Roy Clark, who has served as the Director of Scouting since July 1999, will continue in that capacity.

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