Atlanta Braves name Brian Snitker manager

By The Sports Xchange  |  Oct. 12, 2016 at 2:31 AM
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Brian Snitker, who replaced fired Fredi Gonzalez on May 17, will remain manager of the Atlanta Braves for 2017.

Snitker went 59-65 as interim manager of the Braves last season but sheds that label as Atlanta moves into SunTrust Park in 2017. The Braves hold an option on his contract for 2018.

Rumors began at midseason that Braves' management would replace Gonzalez with former San Diego Padres manager Bud Black, but Snitker was left standing following an interview process that included experienced MLB managers Black and Ron Washington (Texas Rangers) and three other members of the current Braves' coaching staff. Bench coach Terry Pendleton and Eddie Perez interviewed with Hart.

Snitker turns 61 next week, with his entire 40-year baseball career in the Braves' organization as a player, minor-league manager and coach and with the MLB coaching staff. He has a strong rapport with a very young roster based on his experience at Triple-A Gwinnett. The Braves were 9-28 when Gonzalez was fired.

Several trades netted top prospects in return in the past year to position Atlanta as an up-and-coming team.

Snitker made multiple changes on the coaching staff, including hiring Washington as third-base coach. Pitching coach Roger McDowell's contract option was declined and minor-league pitching coordinator Chuck Hernandez replaces him with the Braves.

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