Brian Gerald Snitker (born October 17, 1955) is an American professional baseball coach and former player who is the manager of the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball (MLB). Snitker has been in the Braves organization in different roles since becoming a minor league player in 1977. He became their manager in 2016.
Snitker with the Atlanta Braves in 2012
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Snitker played right field for the 1971 Macon High School baseball team in Illinois. 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.
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."
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.
Snitker has been manager of the Anderson Braves, 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.
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 May 17, 2016, Snitker was named Atlanta's interim manager, replacing Fredi González who was fired.
On October 15, 2018, the Braves gave Snitker a two-year contract extension with a club option for 2021.
On November 13, 2018, Snitker was awarded the National League Manager of the Year Award for the 2018 season. in 2019 he led the Braves to their second consecutive division title beating out the predicted Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies
On October 23, 2019, Snitker was awarded The Sporting News National League Manager of the Year Award.
- As of October 9, 2019
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Snitker and his wife, Veronica (Ronnie) have two children. 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. After retiring as a player, Troy joined the Houston Astros organization as a coach. Snitker's mother Catherine died in March 2019.
- Tupper, Mark (May 22, 2016). "Brian Snitker: From Macon High School to manager of Braves". Herald & Review. Retrieved May 24, 2016.
- Ballard, Chris (June 28, 2010). "The Magical Season Of The Macon Ironmen". SI.com. Retrieved March 9, 2014.
- Ballard, Chris (2012). One Shot at Forever: A Small Town, an Unlikely Coach, and a Magical Baseball Season. New York: Hyperion Books. ISBN 9781401324384.
- Field, Jeremy (August 2018) "Managers bring Legion Baseball experience to the majors" American Legion Magazine, page 44 and April 2018 interview
- Brian Snitker Minor Leagues Statistics & History | Baseball-Reference.com
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- Bowman, Mark (October 7, 2017). "Braves exercise Snitker's option for 2018". MLB.com. Retrieved October 6, 2017.
- "Braves give Snitker two-year contract extension". ESPN.com. Retrieved October 15, 2018.
- "Brian Snitker is NL's top manager after leading Braves to East title". ESPN.com. November 13, 2019. Retrieved November 13, 2018.
- Bowman, Mark (November 13, 2018). "Snitker named NL Manager of Year". MLB.com. Retrieved November 13, 2018.
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- Dillard, Zach (January 25, 2014). "Longtime Braves coach Snitker embracing return to minors". Fox Sports. Retrieved May 24, 2016.
- Bowman, Mark (May 24, 2016). "Proud grandfather Snitker relishes time with family". MLB.com. Retrieved May 24, 2016.
- Curtright, Guy (April 13, 2013). "MINOR LEAGUE NOTES: Sims finds going tough at Class A Rome". Gwinnett Daily Post. Retrieved October 14, 2013.
- Bowman, Mark (June 7, 2013). "Son of Braves third-base coach gets Draft call". MLB.com. Retrieved October 14, 2013.
- "Astros announce 2018 minor league managers and coaches". MLB.com. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
- Bowman, Mark (March 8, 2018). "Proud Papa". MLB.com. Retrieved March 9, 2018.
- Bowman, Mark (March 20, 2019). "Sobotka showing promise for Braves 'pen". MLB.com. Retrieved March 21, 2019.