Snitker named to NL All-Star coaching staff

Braves skipper calls invitation 'huge honor'

June 8th, 2019

MIAMI -- While several of his players continue to make cases for the All-Star Game, Braves manager Brian Snitker already has his invitation.

Snitker received a call from Dodgers manager Dave Roberts asking him to be part of his coaching staff a couple of days ago while the club was in Pittsburgh. The Midsummer Classic will take place on July 9 at Progressive Field, home of the Indians.

"Huge. What an honor. I told Dave when he called. I'm just kind of taken aback by it. I'm honored," Snitker said following Friday's 7-1 win over the Marlins. "I'm really appreciative of him thinking of me, and we had a really good conversation. I'm looking forward to it. It's like I said, I just kind of pinch myself sometimes. It's gonna be a lot of fun, and I'd say it's a great honor."

Roberts' Dodgers captured their National League Division Series against the Braves in four games last October.

The 63-year-old Snitker, who has been in Atlanta's organization since 1977 when he began his professional baseball journey as a Minor League player, said that he appreciates the opportunity at this point in his career. Brian McCann praised Snitker, who was also his Double-A skipper.

"He's a player's manager," McCann said. "He gives you the leash to go play. He just wants you to play the game the right way, play it hard, show up every day. And if you can't do that, then you've got problems. He's got very limited rules, lets us police ourselves in here. He's just one of the best."

Snitker entered Saturday 255-256 in four seasons at the helm, winning the NL Manager of the Year Award in 2018. Freddie Freeman said Snitker's ability to take guys' minds off baseball when they spend countless hours in the clubhouse is crucial.

"He deserves everything he gets," Freeman said. "He's been in this game, this organization, for 40-plus years. It's about time he started getting his recognition. He just makes you want to run through a wall. He really does. I always said he cares more about the person than the player, and that's what we care about."