Brian Snitker

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Brian Snitker
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Snitker signing autographs for Braves fans in 2012
Atlanta Braves – No. 43
Coach / Manager
Born: (1955-10-17) October 17, 1955 (age 62)
Decatur, Illinois
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB statistics
Managerial record 219–223
Winning % .495
Teams

As coach

As manager

Brian Gerald Snitker (born October 17, 1955) is an American professional baseball player, coach, and manager. Currently the manager of the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball, he has been in the Braves organization in many different roles since becoming a minor league player in 1977.

Biography

Snitker played right field for the 1971 Macon High School baseball team in Illinois.[1] The team's surprising run to the state championship tournament was documented in Chris Ballard's 2012 book "One Shot at Forever: A Small Town, an Unlikely Coach, and a Magical Baseball Season."[2][3]

As a youth, Snitker also played American Legion Baseball an experience that he said in a 2018 interview "Gave me the platform to be seen because there are always scouts at American Legion games. It had a big part on my development as a player and helping me get a jump on a professional career."[4]

Snitker is a graduate of the University of New Orleans.[5]

Snitker joined the Braves organization in the minor leagues as a player in 1977, playing through 1980. He played mostly catcher and some first base in the minor leagues, batting .254/.316/.390 with 23 home runs in 780 at bats.[5]

Snitker has been manager of the Macon Braves, Durham Bulls, Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Greenville Braves, Mississippi Braves and Richmond Braves, all in the Braves farm system. He was also the Atlanta Braves' bullpen coach in 1985 and 1988-1990. A few of his honors during his fifteen-year run as a minor league manager are winning two championships with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in 1999 and 2000, and in those same years he won the Carolina League Manager of the Year.[citation needed]

From 2007 to 2013, Snitker served as the Braves' third-base coach. He was named to that position on October 3, 2006, replacing Fredi González, who left to join the Florida Marlins as manager. When González was named Braves manager for the 2011 season after Bobby Cox's retirement, Snitker was kept on as third base coach.

On October 14, 2013, Snitker was named the manager of the Braves Triple-A club, the Gwinnett Braves.[6]

On May 17, 2016, Snitker was named Atlanta's interim manager,[7] replacing Fredi González who was fired.

On October 11, 2016, the Braves named Snitker their full-time manager for the 2017 season.[8] The team announced on October 5, 2017, that Snitker would return as manager for the 2018 season.[9][10]

Managerial record

As of September 22nd, 2018
Team Year Regular season record Post–season record
W L Win % W L Win %
Atlanta Braves 2016 60 65 .480
Atlanta Braves 2017 72 90 .444
Atlanta Braves 2018 87 68 .561
Total 219 223 .495

Personal life

Snitker is married to Ronnie, with whom he has two children.[12][13] In the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft, Snitker's son Troy was drafted by the Braves in the 19th round and traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in March 2013.[14][15] After retiring as a player, Troy joined the Houston Astros organization as a coach.[16][17]

References

  1. ^ Tupper, Mark (May 22, 2016). "Brian Snitker: From Macon High School to manager of Braves". Herald & Review. Retrieved May 24, 2016. 
  2. ^ Ballard, Chris (June 28, 2010). "The Magical Season Of The Macon Ironmen". SI.com. Retrieved March 9, 2014. 
  3. ^ Ballard, Chris (2012). One Shot at Forever: A Small Town, an Unlikely Coach, and a Magical Baseball Season. New York: Hyperion Books. ISBN 9781401324384. 
  4. ^ Field, Jeremy (August 2018) "Managers bring Legion Baseball experience to the majors" American Legion Magazine, page 44 and April 2018 interview[1]
  5. ^ a b Brian Snitker Minor Leagues Statistics & History | Baseball-Reference.com
  6. ^ Bowman, Mark (October 14, 2013). "Snitker to take over managerial duties at Gwinnett". MLB.com. Retrieved October 14, 2013. 
  7. ^ O'Brien, David. "Snitker expected to become Braves full-time manager". AJC.com. Cox Media Group. Retrieved 11 October 2016. 
  8. ^ Bowman, Mark (October 11, 2016). "Snitker officially named Braves manager". MLB.com/. Retrieved October 11, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Braves exercise team option, retain manager Brian Snitker for 2018". ESPN.com. October 5, 2017. Retrieved October 6, 2017. 
  10. ^ Bowman, Mark (October 7, 2017). "Braves exercise Snitker's option for 2018". MLB.com. Retrieved October 6, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Brian Snitker Managerial Record". Baseball Reference.com. Sports Reference. Retrieved July 29, 2016. 
  12. ^ Dillard, Zach (January 25, 2014). "Longtime Braves coach Snitker embracing return to minors". Fox Sports. Retrieved May 24, 2016. 
  13. ^ Bowman, Mark (May 24, 2016). "Proud grandfather Snitker relishes time with family". MLB.com. Retrieved May 24, 2016. 
  14. ^ Curtright, Guy (April 13, 2013). "MINOR LEAGUE NOTES: Sims finds going tough at Class A Rome". Gwinnett Daily Post. Retrieved October 14, 2013. 
  15. ^ Bowman, Mark (June 7, 2013). "Son of Braves third-base coach gets Draft call". MLB.com. Retrieved October 14, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Astros announce 2018 minor league managers and coaches". MLB.com. Retrieved March 9, 2018. 
  17. ^ Bowman, Mark (March 8, 2018). "Proud Papa". MLB.com. Retrieved March 9, 2018. 

External links

  • MLB.com
  • Brian Snitker managerial career statistics at Baseball-Reference.com
  • Retrosheet
  • Career statistics and player information from The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
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