The Atlanta Braves have named Brian Snitker the full-time manager, among other moves as well. There are some curiosities surrounding these moves, too, and I think this was a “this will do for now” hiring.
Yes, the hunt is over, for now, on who the Atlanta Braves will have managing the club in 2017 (and possibly 2018 – more on that later).
In the announcement by the Braves this morning, there were some questions pop into my head.
Why only a one-year deal?
If Ron Washington is now third base coach, was he the preferred man over Brian Snitker?
In a Facebook post this morning, on the Braves official Facebook page, Braves GM John Coppallela gave his reason for choosing Snitker.
“Brian earned this opportunity through his dedication to the Braves and to our players, we are excited for the energy and momentum he will bring into SunTrust Park next season.” – Atlanta Braves GM, John Coppallela
Atlanta has typically hired managers under terms of 2 or 3 year deals with the club option for another year. Hence, my questioning of the 1 year deal and club option for 2018.
What purpose does this serve? Why such a noncommittal one year deal? It just doesn’t speak to the narrative that we’ve been led to believe.
The narrative of someone being brought in to lead this team (young team) for the next 5-7 years or longer appears to be lost, at least to me. So, here’s is what I think happened.