Snitker signing autographs for Braves fans in 2012
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October 17, 1955 |
Brian Gerald Snitker (born October 17, 1955) is an American professional baseball player, coach, and manager. He is the current 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.
Snitker was a catcher for 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."
Snitker joined the Braves organization as a player in 1977. He played mostly catcher and some first base in the minor leagues.
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.
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. After 2013 he was manager of the Gwinnett Braves.
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. On May 17, 2016, the Atlanta Braves named Snitker as their interim manager.
Snitker was named Atlanta's interim manager on May 17, 2016, replacing Fredi González, who was fired after being manager since in 2011.
On October 11, 2016, the Braves named Snitker as their full-time manager for the 2017 season.
Snitker is married to Ronnie, with whom he has two children. In the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft, Snitker's son Troy was drafted by the Braves in the 19th round. P Snitker was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in March 2013.
- As of games played on April 17, 2017
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