The Atlanta Braves are doing their part to ensure that manager Brian Snitker is in the fold for the future, as they have officially announced a new contract extension that will keep Snitker in Atlanta through the 2023 season.
The Braves are coming off of a third consecutive NL East Division crown and came within just one win of making it to the World Series, and now Snitker will remain in the fold moving forward thanks to the new deal that includes a club option for 2024.
“It feels good,” Snitker, 65, said. “I’m not one that worries about that kind of thing, honestly. If this was going to be my last year or whatever, I would give it everything I’ve got. But it’s nice, obviously, that someone thinks enough of you to extend that kind of package.”
Snitker has been with the Braves organization for 45 years as a player, coach and manager, with most of his managerial time coming in the minors. Snitker initially signed with the organization as an undrafted free agent back in 1977.
“It’s refreshing being around all these guys,” Snitker said. “They keep keep me young and feeling good and wanting to come back. I stay energized from these players. And knowing and respecting how they go about it, and appreciating what they do, is a big thing that allows them to relax and just enjoy what they’re doing.”
“I am thrilled that Brian will continue to lead our club on the field and in the clubhouse,” Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos said in a statement. “Three consecutive division titles speak to the impact of Brian and his staff, and we are pleased that he will continue to guide our club through 2023.”