Braves name Brian Snitker new manager
There is no longer reason to use the interim tag when referring to Brian Snitker. The Braves officially announced Snitker has been named their manager on Tuesday morning.
(Braves.com) ATLANTA -- There is no longer reason to use the interim tag when referring to Brian Snitker.
The Braves officially announced Snitker has been named their manager on Tuesday morning. The club also announced that Ron Washington has been named third-base coach and Chuck Hernandez has been named pitching coach. Former third-base coach Bo Porter will become a special assistant to the GM.
Washington and Bud Black were the other top candidates for the manager position.
"Brian earned this opportunity through his dedication to the Braves and to our players," said Braves general manager John Coppolella. "We are excited for the energy and momentum he will bring into SunTrust Park next season."
Black has strong ties with Braves president of baseball operations John Hart and his candidacy might have been much stronger had the team not responded so favorably to Snitker's direction and finished this season in impressive fashion.
Snitker became Atlanta's interim manager when Fredi Gonzalez was dismissed on May 17 after a 9-28 start. The Braves went 59-65 under Snitker and finished this season by winning 20 of their final 30 games, including 12 of their last 14.
Snitker, who will turn 61 on Sunday, had never previously managed at the big league level before this past season. He has served as a player, coach, manager or instructor at both the Major League and Minor League levels within Atlanta's system dating back to 1977.