Manager Brian Snitker takes center stage in Braves championship week – The Athletic

Before the sparkle of the start of a new season when the defending World Series champions could fade, the Braves celebrated. They watched new flags go up, admired their state-of-the-art rings encrusted with 755 diamonds and felt the adoration of the multiple sold-out crowds who came out to celebrate the team’s first title since 1995. are regaled with what the marketing people called Champions Week, a seven-day affair that made Truist Park the center of the Atlanta sports universe.

Caught in the middle of the chaos is Brian Snitker, the manager tasked with leading his franchise and long-suffering fan base to a championship five months ago. It might have been easy to ignore it, but it’s unlikely anyone did. Snitker received a warm welcome from fans when the team opened its season last Thursday and an equally warm welcome when he was called upon to walk through a stage and accept his championship ring two days later. It has received effusive praise for months now.

People around Snitker marvel – but not just that Snitker led his team to a momentous victory. In their eyes, the championship was the culmination of Snitker’s lifelong commitment to the Braves. The ring bearing his name was the physical representation of his diligence and patience.

“That tells you a lot about who he is as a manager,” shortstop Dansby Swanson said.

Snitker’s story has been well documented over the years. This is the story of a man advised by Hank Aaron to retire from the game and become a coach.