Brian Snitker, Manager, Atlanta Braves
Date of Birth: 10/17/1955
Birthplace: Decatur, Illinois
College: University of New Orleans
Brian Snitker, manager for the Atlanta Braves, never played in the major leagues but he has had extensive experience managing minor league baseball teams and coaching major league players. His playing career was as a minor league catcher for the Braves from 1977 through 1980. He finished his career with a .254 batting average, 198 hits, and 112 RBIs in 236 games.
After finishing his career as a player, Snitker began managing in the minor leagues in 1982. He spent 19 years as a manager (1982-1984, 1986-1987, 1992, 1996-2006, 2014-2015) and he led teams to 1,282 wins and 1,289 losses. In both 1999 and 2000, he was named Carolina League Manager of the Year.
In between his stints as a minor league manager, Snitker moved up to the major leagues as a coach for the Braves. He was their bullpen coach in 1985 and from 1988 through 1990, and their third base coach from 2007 through 2013.
Snitker replaced Fredi Gonzalez as the Braves' interim manager on May 17, 2016. He led the Braves to 59 wins and 65 losses. Although that doesn't sound like a very good record, it far exceeeded what the Braves had done under Gonzalez' leadership. When Snitker took over as manager, the Braves had a record of 9 wins to 28 losses.
On October 11, 2016, Snitker was named the permanent manager for the Braves for 2017.
Snitker's son, Troy, was drafted by the Braves in 2011. He played for just two seasons in their minor league system before being released on June 12, 2013. He signed a minor league contract with the Kansas City Royals on January 31, 2014, but he was released before ever playing in the Royals' organization. He hasn't played professional baseball since 2012.