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Brian Snitker #43

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The 2020 season marks Snitker's fourth full season as the Braves manager and his 44th in the organization...The club named him interim manager on May 17, 2016...He was formally announced as the manager on October 11, 2016... On February 17, 2020, had his contract, along with the contracts of the entire coaching staff, extended through the 2021 season... Named Sporting News' 2019 National League Manager of the Year after skippering the Braves to a 97-65 record and their 19th division title... Also won the award in 2018...Became the fifth manager to win in consecutive seasons...The award has annually been given out since 1936... Became the third manager in franchise history to take the Braves to the postseason twice in his first three seasons, joining Fred Haney (1957-58) and Fredi Gonzalez (2012-13)... Was a coach on the 2019 National League AllStar staff...Selected by manager Dave Roberts... Named the 2018 N.L. Manager of the Year by the Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA)...Led the Braves to a 90-72 record and their first of two consecutive division titles... Captured 17 of 30 first-place votes...Finished with 116 points, 17 more than Milwaukee's Craig Counsell...Snitker finished third in voting in 2019... 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... 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 2007-13...Also had two stints with the major league staff as the bullpen coach in 1985 and from 1988-90... 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 (.243) 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-Advanced (Danville, 1996)... Five of his minor-league clubs advanced to the postseason, and he won two league titles (consecutive championships with Myrtle Beach in 1999 and 2000) and two Manager of the Year Awards (Myrtle Beach in 1999 and 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... Graduated from Macon (IL) 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.

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