By Paul Newberry, AP Sports journalist
ATLANTA (AP) – With a third straight title in NL Ost and a World Series win, the Atlanta Braves have extended manager Brian Snitker’s contract until the 2023 season.
The extension announced on Friday includes a club option for 2024.
The 65-year-old Snitker temporarily took over the Braves in 2016 when the club was in the middle of a massive renovation.
After 72-90 in its first full season, Atlanta won the first of its three straight titles in 2018.
Last season, the Braves won a postseason series for the first time since 2001, defeating Cincinnati in the wildcard round and Miami in the divisional series before losing to eventual world champion Los Angeles Dodgers in a NL championship series – game limit.
Atlanta led the series 3-1 before the Dodgers won the last three games.
“I am thrilled that Brian will continue to lead our club on the field and in the clubhouse,” said general manager Alex Anthopoulos in a statement. “Three titles in a row show the impact of Brian and his staff, and we’re excited about it.” He will continue to run our club until 2023. “
Snitker has been with the Braves organization as a player, coach and manager for 45 years – most of them in the smaller leagues – after signing with the club as an unoccupied free agent in 1977.
He has an overall record of 353-317 (.527), making him the fourth-winning executive since the franchise moved to Atlanta in 1966. He follows Bobby Cox (2,058), Fredi Gonzalez (432) and Luman Harris (379). .
Snitker was named NL Manager of the Year in 2018.
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