Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that Brian Snitker is likely to remain the Braves manager. Snitker’s contract expired at the end of the season, but the Braves are going to give him another year. It’s a questionable call, coming at an awkward time for Atlanta, given that their front office blew up in scandal yesterday with the resignation of GM John Coppolella and his lieutenant, Gordon Blakeley. John Hart is the acting GM, but he is unlikely to be in control once the 2018 season starts, meaning that the team’s new general manager, whoever that is, will likely be stuck with a manager he may not have chosen. Of course, it’s unclear when the team will have a permanent GM in place, which could, in turn, leave the team without a manager for some time if Snitker wasn’t re-upped. There were no great options here. Whatever you think of that, it’s not at all clear that Snitker has earned another year at the helm. While he is a well-respected organizational guy for the Braves, and has been for decades, he did not exactly show the world that he is the guy to take the Braves to the next level. Indeed, at times he seemed to be an obstacle to the development of the Braves young players. He is popular among Braves veterans, who have lobbied for him to stay, but many of those guys will not be a part of the next good Braves team. But I suppose when you have no one in charge at the top, the guys at the bottom get to have a larger say.
Braves to keep Brian Snitker as manager
Hardball Talk | Oct 3