Braves extend manager Snitker, GM Anthopoulos

Braves extend manager Snitker, GM Anthopoulos

The Atlanta Braves on Monday extended manager Brian Snitker’s contract and promoted general manager Alex Anthopoulos to president of baseball operations and GM.

The contracts of Snitker and his coaching staff were extended through the 2021 season, and Anthopoulos was extended through 2024.

Snitker, 64, led the Braves to 97 wins and a National League East title last year, the club’s second straight division crown. He was a finalist for NL Manager of the Year after winning the award in 2018.

“Winning consecutive division titles illustrates the leadership and impact of Brian and his staff,” Anthopoulos said. “We are happy to know they will be leading the Braves through the 2021 season.”

Snitker is entering his 44th season in the organization and his fourth full season as the skipper. Atlanta named him interim manager on May 17, 2016, before he was formally announced as the manager on Oct. 11, 2016.

His staff includes Sal Fasano (catching coach), Rick Kranitz (pitching), Marty Reed (bullpen), Kevin Seitzer (hitting), Ron Washington (third base), Walt Weiss (bench) and Eric Young Sr. (first base/outfield).

Anthopoulos will continue to report directly to Braves chairman Terry McGuirk.

“I am very pleased that Alex will be leading the Atlanta Braves’ baseball operations for years to come,” McGuirk said. “Since he joined the organization, Alex has continued the winning tradition that Braves fans have come to expect.”

Anthopoulos, 42, served as the club’s executive vice president and GM after joining the organization on Nov. 13, 2017. Prior to joining the Braves, he worked for the Los Angeles Dodgers as vice president of baseball operations for two seasons.

Anthopoulos also spent six seasons as the Toronto Blue Jays’ GM, which culminated in an American League East title in 2015 to snap Toronto’s 22-year postseason drought. Anthopoulos was selected as Sporting News’ MLB Executive of the Year that season.

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