Braves manager Brian Snitker shares Sporting News' Manager of the Year Award

Sporting News has announced that Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker is sharing National League Manager of the Year.
Division Series - Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves - Game One
Division Series - Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves - Game One / Kevin D. Liles/Atlanta Braves/GettyImages

Brian Snitker has been a part of the Atlanta Braves organization for over four decades now. Over the last couple of seasons, he is finally getting the recognition he deserves.

After many years of managing in the minor leagues and being part of the MLB coaching staff for the Braves, Snitker was handed the keys to the team in 2016. Since then, all he has done is win six National League East titles, a World Series Championship, and Manager of the Year in 2019.

The Sporting News Awards will give Snitker at least a share of National League Manager of the Year in 2023. He and Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell tied for this honor. The Brewers won the National League Central with a record of 92-70 with a roster that truthfully lacked superstars.

The Braves of course finished with the best record in all of Major League Baseball (104-58). With the star power Atlanta's roster consists of, many imagined they would have a good season. However, not many people saw them as being as good as they were.

Brian Snitker found a way to have his guys compete in all 162 games in 2023 and run away with the division title. Though his decision-making was questioned more than it should have been, Snitker's relationships with his players and coaching staff led to a lot of the Braves' success.

After falling to the Phillies two consecutive postseasons, Snitker will be preparing himself to lead the Braves to a deeper postseason run in 2024. He signed an extension through 2025 after winning the World Series back in 2021.

Regardless of what people say, Snitker is a great manager that players want to play for and people want to work with. He has been and always will be an Atlanta Brave.

Congratulations on a well-deserved award, Snit!