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Brian Snitker #43

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Full Name:
Brian Snitker
Uniform #:
43

The 2017 campaign marks Brian Snitker's first full season as Braves skipper...He originally took the helm on an interim basis on May 17, 2016...He was formally announced as Atlanta's manager for the 2017 season on October 11, 2016.

This is his 41st season as a member of the Braves organization...Snitker joined the organization in 1977 as a non-drafted free agent and has served in a variety of roles over the last 40 years. 

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, the seventh-best mark in the NL...Only the five NL playoff teams and St. Louis were better over that time frame.

The Braves went 37-35 (.514) after the All-Star break and were one of six NL teams to finish the second half over .500.

Atlanta went 20-10 in its final 30 games and won 12 of its last 14 games to close out the season (outscoring the opposition 74-45 in the final 14 contests).

Starting with a two-game sweep at Minnesota on July 26-27, the Braves went 35-27 (.565) over their final 62 games...That winning percentage tied for the sixth best record in the majors over that time frame and in the NL, only Chicago (.698) and Washington (.587) had a better mark.

Atlanta went 18-16 at home after the All-Star break and won 13 of its final 19 at Turner Field.

The 2016 campaign marked Snitker's third season at Triple-A Gwinnett and his 20th season as a minor-league manager, all with the Braves organization.

In 19-plus seasons as a minor-league manager, he compiled an overall record of 1,301-1,309 (.498).

Has 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 (back-to-back championships with Myrtle Beach in 1999-2000) and two league Manager of the Year Awards (also in the Carolina League in 1999-2000).

Began his coaching career as a roving instructor for the Braves in 1981...Was originally hired by Hank Aaron.

He took his first managerial job in 1982 with Anderson of the South Atlantic League. 

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 before retiring at the conclusion of the 1980 season.

Born October 17, 1955 in Decatur, Illinois. Graduated from Macon (Ill.) High School and played college baseball at the University of New Orleans.

Brian and his wife Veronica reside in Kennesaw, Ga...They have two children, Erin and Troy, and two grand children...Troy was drafted by Atlanta in the 19th round of the 2011 draft.

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