First things first: The Braves are believed to be leaning toward keeping Brian Snitker as manager for next season. No final decision has been made, but Saturday’s luncheon meeting between Snitker and upper management generated, in general manager John Coppolella’s description, “productive conversation.”

Beyond that, Coppolella declined public comment about Snitker’s status. And there’s thought that, even if the manager is retained, the coaching staff will see changes. The GM again offered a no-comment.

(As noted recently, I believe retaining Snitker would be a mistake. Then again, I wasn’t invited to lunch.)

Coppolella was more forthcoming on other matters. He spoke Sunday, before the Braves’ final home game of Year 1 in SunTrust Park. Seated alongside in the executive box was Adam Fisher, just hired as assistant GM from the Mets, where he was director of baseball operations. Fifteen minutes before the first pitch, Bobby Cox ambled in. But enough scene-setting. Here’s Coppolella on …

How next year won’t be like this year: “I think we’re going to see a younger team. We’ve got arguably the best prospect in the game (outfielder Ronald Acuna) pushing his way up to Atlanta. He’s going to be given every opportunity in spring training. When he’s ready, nobody’s going to stand in his way. I said the same thing about Ozzie Albies this spring, and it’s the same way. You saw where we moved Brandon Phillips to third base. We will move other people to make way for this young player because he is that special.”