No shock: Brian Snitker wants to keep managing the Braves

The skipper and The Flow. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland)

This will come as no great surprise, but Brian Snitker would like to continue managing the Atlanta Braves. As we know, he’d never managed in the major until the the Braves pressed him into service as an interim replacement for Fredi Gonzalez. As we also know, the team hedged its bets in October, removing the “interim” from his job description while extending only a one-year contract. (With a team option for 2018.)

Asked Monday if he thinks about his future, Snitker said: “A little bit. I’ve tried just to get through the day, but there are times when you do. You think, ‘Do I really want to do this?’ But I’ve got my health, and I think I’m kind of getting hold of it. We’re getting there. I see young guys knocking on the door. I’d like to be around to experience that. It’s going to be fun. They compete. They get after it.

“I’m glad I’m doing it where I am in my life. I’m on the back end. I’m not looking to blaze a trail. That’s not something that’s paramount. I’m going to give it everything I have. What happens, happens.”

Snitker is 61. His team won 20 of its final 30 games last season, and that wave of good feeling is why he’s still in place. The current Braves have been mildly but not roundly disappointing. On the one hand, they haven’t spent a day above .500. On the other, they’re in second place in the National League East — albeit 9 1/2 games out of first place and 11 1/2 back of the second wild card — and have the NL’s seventh-best record.

They’ve done this with a rotation that has, in the main, disappointed, and they’re doing it without Freddie Freeman. If you go by Pythagorean wins/losses, the Braves should be 31-38. They’re 32-37.

Asked last week if he’d been satisfied with Snitker’s job performance, general manager John Coppolella said: “Brian does a great job. He’s really good with players. There’s a lot of positive things Brian’s done. In an interview, you don’t want to point out negatives about anyone who works for you. I could point out negatives about my wife, and she’s perfect in my eyes. It’s the same thing. If you asked Snit, he could point out negatives about me. If you asked me about me, I think there’s negatives. There’s negatives associated with everybody, but also a lot of positives. I don’t want to get into that kind of stuff. We’re in the middle of a draft right now. I’m not thinking about it. Our players and staff are fighting every day. Let’s see how the year goes.”

We’ll have a bit more to say about this soon. Consider yourselves warned.

Further reading:

Matt Adams and Brandon Phillips, good as Braves, could soon be gone.

The Braves really, really wanted Kyle Wright. They got him.

Coppolella in conversation, Pt. 2: Colon, Swanson and Snitker.

A conversation with Coppolella: The draft and Sean Newcomb.

Roger that: The Orioles’ pitching is as bad as the Braves’.

Sean Newcomb’s debut was just what the Braves needed.

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11 comments
TideDawg
TideDawg

Snitker future Braves manager????? Not likely! I think Snitker is great for the young Braves and should be extended. But in my opinion, Ron Washington was not hired to be the Braves future 3rd base coach. It's  the same situation as Freddie Freeman's substitute Matt Adams. Two excellent first basemen and only one position. Ron Washington is qualified to be anybody's manager and I think Snitker is also with each having special qualities for being managers. Snitker is more experienced with young talent and has done a great job with this team. The veterans on the team think highly of him. On the other hand Washington has more major league experience. It boils down to who has to go. I think the Braves made a commitment to Washington, otherwise he would be managing a major league team today instead of coaching 3rd base.

He obviously is over qualified to be a base coach. Who goes? It will be a shame to see Snitker go. I would like to know what the Braves are paying Washington to coach 3rd base. I doubt if it is the going rate for base coaches.


Eddie Perez and T. Pendleton each should get a shot at managing a major league team. I don't understand why Pendleton hasn't gotten a manager's job. I like both of these guys.

Tiamia
Tiamia

Too much writing about management. Not enough about the game on the field. Snitker and the fans will have even less to cheer about when Coppie and the office boys unload in the next few weeks

Constantine156
Constantine156

@Tiamia There's plenty written about what happens on the field, this is just one article. 

Don't get caught up in the moment. 

UnbiasedObserver
UnbiasedObserver

Guarantee you Snitker was "told" to start Bartolo Colon tomorrow.


Disgusting.

UnbiasedObserver
UnbiasedObserver

Nothing wrong with Snitker.  He does a good job.



Too bad the GM, Hart and Schuerholtz are still around...

Hell Horsey
Hell Horsey

He's doing a great job babysitting a baseball team that no one, not even its own ownership, cares about.

EddieHall
EddieHall

He is a good guy. So Is Jimmy Carter. Just not that good at their particular jobs. "He is a players coach." Maybe that is the problem with the front office. The GREAT teams don't have "players"coaches. They have hard cases that demand performance for the money these guys are paid. We have lost several games in the dugout. As bad as they look at times that 9 1/2 games could easily be 4 or 5. He did his job, let Yost or TP or even Chipper give it a shot. 


Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

@EddieHall you lost all credibility with including Chipper Jones on your wish list for Braves Manager. Player's managers can't manage Great teams,well the 2017 Braves are a bit short of being a Great team.The team plays hard for Snitker,they lead MLB in runs scored after 6 innings, they don't quit . Why not let Snitker manage the team through the completion of the rebuild. Let's see where the Braves are at the start of the 2019 season. There may be better choices then to take the reins from Snitker.

JeffCriswell
JeffCriswell

Love this guy. He's a career Brave and getting his chance. That said, if the Braves can lure Ned Yost back to town, they'd be smart to hire him instead. Snit should be assured a place somewhere in the Braves front office, though. 

BANSHEE296402
BANSHEE296402

I mean, he's doing exactly what everyone expected of him, on par for what he was given.