Snitker signing autographs for Braves fans in 2012
October 17, 1955 |
Brian Gerald Snitker (born October 17, 1955 in Decatur, Illinois) is the current manager of the Gwinnett Braves. From 2006 to 2013, Snitker served as Atlanta 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. Snitker had previously been manager of the Durham Bulls, Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Greenville Braves, Mississippi Braves and Richmond Braves, all in the Braves farm system. He was also the Braves' bullpen coach in 1985 and 1988-1990. He has been in the Braves organization in many different roles since joining the club as a player in 1977. He played mostly catcher and some first base in the minor leagues.
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. He is a graduate of the University of New Orleans and is married with two children. He makes his home in Lilburn, Georgia.
Snitker was a member of the 1971 Macon, Illinois high school baseball team. 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."
- 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.
- 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.
- Bowman, Mark (October 14, 2013). "Snitker to take over managerial duties at Gwinnett". MLB.com. Retrieved October 14, 2013.
- Bio at MLB
- Career statistics and player information from The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)