Many Atlanta Braves fans have gotten their wish: Brian Snitker is now the full-time manager of the ballclub.
The news was announced by Braves president John Hart Tuesday morning on 680 The Fan, a sports radio station in Atlanta. In 124 games as the Braves’ interim manager, Snitker’s team posted a 59-65 record, but after the All-Star Break, the team posted one of the best records in Major League Baseball.
“We are excited to make the announcement that we are hiring Brian Snitker,” said Hart.
Hart also announced that Ron Washington will be hired as the Braves’ third-base, infield and baserunning coach. Third-base coach Bo Porter will move into the Braves’ front office as a special assistant. Aside from pitching coach Roger McDowell, with whom the Braves parted ways on Friday, the rest of the 2016 staff will return, Hart added.
The Braves finished with a 12-2 record in the final 14 games of the season, and during that time, many Braves players – including first baseman Freddie Freeman – went to bat for their interim skipper, saying he should be hired full-time for the 2017 season. Hart said the morale of the team factored into their decision to keep Snitker around.
Snitker, 60, has either been a player or coach in the Braves organization for all of his 40-year baseball career, according to AJC.com. Before he took over as manager of the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves, Snitker was a coach on the staffs of both Bobby Cox and Fredi Gonzalez in Atlanta.Follow @Sean_Breslin