The Braves announced this morning that they have signed manager Brian Snitker to a two-year contract extension through the 2023 season. The deal also includes a club option for the 2024 season.
“I am delighted that Brian continues to lead our club on the field and in the clubhouse,” Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos said in a statement accompanying the announcement. “Three consecutive division titles speak to the impact of Brian and his staff, and we are pleased that he continues to guide our club through 2023.”
It’s the second spring in a row with an extension for Snitker, though today’s additional two years (and a club option for a third) make it a stronger vote of confidence than last year’s one-year extension. That deal would have expired at the end of the season. Snitker is now not only shedding the dreaded lame duck status, but regaining job security for several years.
Snitker, 65, is a lifetime Braves player who has spent more than four decades in the organization, including the last five as a Major League Baseball captain. Originally taking over midway through the 2016 season after the removal of Fredi González, Snitker led the club to a sample of 72-90 in his first full season (2017), but has captured three consecutive division titles at the helm of a team. who has played. 578 ball during the regular season since 2018. The Braves are 222-162 during that time, and Snitker’s overall managerial record (in the majors) is 353-317.
In his more than 40 years with the organization, Snitker has managed seven different minor league affiliates, had two different stints as a major league bullpen coach (both in the 1980s), and served as third base coach for both Gonzalez. as for Bobby Cox. He was voted National League Manager of the Year in 2018 and has since finished third and fourth, respectively, in the subsequent Manager of the Year vote.
Snitker’s Braves rallied from the postseason in the first round in both 2018 and 2019, but found postseason success on his third chance in 2020. The Braves swept both the Reds and Marlins during the first two rounds. from last year’s expanded postseason format before pushing the eventual Dodgers World Series Champion to his limit in a seven-game National League Championship Series showdown.