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Brian Snitker #43

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The 2019 campaign marks Brian Snitker's third full season as Braves manager and his 43rd in the organization...The club named him interim manager on May 17, 2016...He was formally announced as Atlanta's manager on October 11, 2016.

Named the 2018 National League Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) after capturing 17 of 30 firstplace votes...Finished with 116 points, 17 more than Milwaukee's Craig Counsell ... Prior to Snitker, Hall of Famer Bobby Cox was the only Braves manager to win Manager of the Year, earning the award in 1991, 2004 and 2005 ... Led the Braves to a 90-72 record and the 18th division title in franchise history in 2018...He became the sixth Braves manager to take the team to the postseason by his second full season and the first since Fredi González led the 2012 club to the Wild Card Game ... The Braves finished with a National League high-tying 20 victories in their final at-bat this season after also leading the league in such victories the last two years...They had 20 last season and 19 in 2016...Since Snitker took over as interim manager on May 17, 2016, the Braves have collected 57 last at-bats wins, most in the majors.

Signed a two-year contract with a club option for 2021 on October 15, 2018. ...The club exercised his option for 2018 on October 5, 2017.

Joined the organization in 1977 as a non-drafted free agent ... He spent seven seasons as the major league club's third base coach, from 2007 to 2013...Also had two stints with the major league staff as the bullpen coach in 1985 and from 1988 to 1990.

Began the 2016 season as the manager at Triple-A Gwinnett before joining the Braves in Pittsburgh for his first game, a 12-9 loss, on May 17...He earned his first win the next day against the Pirates and his first home win came on May 27 vs. Miami ... Atlanta was 9-28 when Snitker took over in 2016...The team went 59-65 (.476) over the final 124 games. 

Served 20 seasons as a minor-league manager, compiling an overall record of 1,301-1,309 (.498) ... Managed at Triple-A (Gwinnett, 2014-16; Richmond, 2006), Double-A (Mississippi, 2005; Greenville, 2002-04), High-A (Myrtle Beach, 1999-2001), Single-A (Macon, 1997-98, 1992; Durham, 1987 and 1983-84, Sumter, 1986, Anderson, 1982) and Rookie Level (Danville, 1996) ... Five of his minor-league clubs advanced to postseason play, and he won two league titles (consecutive championships with Myrtle Beach in 1999-2000) and two Manager of the Year Awards (Myrtle Beach in 1999-2000). 

Began his coaching career as a roving instructor for the Braves in 1981...Was originally hired by Hank Aaron ... He served as a coach in the Atlanta farm system for three seasons, 1993 and 1994 (Danville) and 1995 (Durham) ... The former catcher played four seasons (1977- 80) in the minors ... Born October 17, 1955 in Decatur, Illinois. Graduated from Macon (Ill.) High School and played baseball at the University of New Orleans. 

Brian and his wife Veronica reside in Marietta, Ga... They have two children, Erin and Troy, and two grandchildren...Troy was drafted by Atlanta in the 19th round of the 2011 draft and is now the assistant hitting coach with Houston.

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