Early this morning, the Braves announced that they have extended Brian Snitker through the 2023 season with a club option for 2024.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) February 26, 2021
Snitker took over the team in an interim role after Fredi Gonzalez was fired in 2016. When he became the manager, the Braves had an MLB-worst 9-28 record. They played nearly .500 baseball the rest of the way, which led to the interim tag being removed heading into the 2017 season.
In 2018, the Braves surprised the baseball world and won the NL East. Snitker was named the National League Manager of the Year, and since, his team has only exceeded expectations, winning 97 games in 2019 and coming just a game shy of the World Series last season.
The extension gives Snitker a little cushion. He’s no longer a lame duck manager, and he’s earned that right. As always, when a team doesn’t win a championship, Snitker’s received a lot of the blame. However, there’s no questioning that his message gets through to the team, and a tight-knit clubhouse has been a staple of Atlanta’s three-straight NL East titles.