After an early season firing that sent Fredi Gonzalez packing his bags, Brian Snitker found himself at the helm of a cellar-dwelling Atlanta Braves club. Now, he will manage the team for another year, as the team confirmed today that Snitker will have the interim tag taken off and assume a full managing role in 2017. The Braves also acquired a new third base coach and pitching coach, as Ron Washington and Chuck Hernandez will join the coaching staff.
Gonzalez was fired after a brutal 9-28 start to the season, leaving Snitker the struggle of leading a rebuilding team into mediocrity. However, Snitker managed to change the culture of the clubhouse and lead the Braves to 59-65 record in the last 124 games of the season, which included a 16-10 record in the month of September, which was their only winning month of the season. Snitker also helped the Braves to have one of the best offenses in the league during the stretch run.
This was not the only coaching change that the Braves made. Former Rangers skipper Ron Washington, who led the Rangers to the World Series in 2010 and 2011, will join the team as the new third base coach after spending last season with the Oakland Athletics. Washington was in contention for the managerial role, along with Bud Black, but ended up losing the role.
The other addition will be Chuck Hernandez, who became the Minor League pitching coordinator of the Braves in 2015, as he acquired the pitching coach role of the club. Hernandez has spent time within the Philadelphia Phillies and Miami Marlins minor league systems since being fired from his role as bullpen coach of the Cleveland Indians in 2009.