ATLANTA, Ga. - Atlanta Braves Executive Vice President and General Manager Frank Wren announced today that third-base coach Brian Snitker has been named the manager of the Gwinnett Braves, Atlanta's Triple-A affiliate. In addition, Doug Dascenzo has been named as Atlanta's third-base coach for 2014.
After seven seasons as Atlanta's third-base coach, and 11 overall in three stints on the Braves' Major League coaching staff, Snitker moves back to a managerial role in 2014, after having managed at Triple-A Richmond in 2006. He also spent four seasons as the skipper of the club's Double-A affiliate in Greenville (2002-04) and Mississippi (2005).
Snitker, 57, joined the organization as a player in 1977 and has been with the Braves in a variety of roles ever since. He took his first managerial job in 1982, with Anderson of the South Atlantic League. In his 17 seasons as a manager, he compiled an overall record of 1,140-1,145 (.499).
Dascenzo served as the Braves' minor league roving outfield/baserunning instructor in 2013, his second season in the organization. Dascenzo oversaw the outfield play and baserunning aspects for all minor league teams in the Braves farm system. He joined the organization from the San Diego Padres, where he spent 13 seasons as a manager and coach in their farm system, including his last two at the helm of the San Antonio Missions (AA). Dascenzo's 2011 San Antonio club completed the season with a 94-46 record, posting the most wins in the minor leagues in 2011 and the second-most in franchise history. Dascenzo also led his team to the Texas League Championship, en route to being named the Texas League Manager of the Year and Baseball America's Double-A Manager of the Year.
Dascenzo, 49, totaled six seasons as a minor league manager in the Padres farm system and twice earned co-Manager of the Year awards. His first honor came in 2006 in his inaugural season as a manger, and he was awarded his second in 2009. In 2009, he was also tabbed by Baseball America as the Midwest League's Best Manager Prospect after leading Class-A Fort Wayne to its first championship in franchise history and a 94-46 finish, the best record in all of Minor League Baseball that season.
Dascenzo's coaching career began with the Padres in 1999 as an outfield/baserunning coordinator, a position he held for seven seasons. The former outfielder helped Oklahoma State University to the College World Series in 1984 and 1985, and was a 12th-round draft pick by the Chicago Cubs. He played parts of seven Major League seasons with Chicago (1988 to 1992), Texas (1993) and San Diego (1996).
The remainder of the Braves staff, including bench coach Carlos Tosca, pitching coach Roger McDowell, hitting coach Greg Walker, advance coach/assistant hitting coach Scott Fletcher, first-base coach Terry Pendleton and bullpen coach Eddie Perez, will all return for 2014.