The 2018 campaign marks Brian Snitker's second 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 on October 11, 2016...The club exercised his option for 2018 on October 5, 2017.
This is his 42nd season as a member of Atlanta's 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.
The Braves finished with a NL-high 20 victories in their final at-bat in 2017...The Braves also led the NL with 19 such victories in 2016...The 20 victories in 2017 trailed only Boston's 22 for the major league lead.
The Braves collected 37 of those final at-bat wins after Snitker took over as manager on May 17, 2016...That total is the most in baseball since that date.
The Braves finished with nine walk-off wins in 2017, their most since the club had 11 such victories in 2013.
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.
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...He compiled an overall record of 1,301-1,309 (.498) managing in the minors.
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 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 hitting coach at Houston's Double-A affiliate in Corpus Christi.