Braves name Snitker manager for 2017, Washington joins staff


ATLANTA (AP) – The Atlanta Braves have named Brian Snitker manager, rewarding him for reversing the team’s direction in his role as interim manager this season.

The Braves finished last in the NL East but won 20 of their last 30 games under Snitker. The 61-year-old, named interim manager on May 17 after Fredi Gonzalez was fired, had a 59-65 record. The Braves were 37-35 after the All-Star break.

Despite the strong finish under Snitker, the Braves also interviewed former managers Bud Black and Ron Washington.

Washington was named the Braves’ third-base coach on Tuesday. Chuck Hernandez was named the pitching coach. Snitker’s staff also includes bench coach Terry Pendleton, first base coach Eddie Perez, hitting coach Kevin Seitzer, assistant hitting coach Jose Castro and bullpen coach Marty Reed.

Snitker was not given much long-term security. He was hired only for the 2017 season with a club option for 2018.

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