In this file photo, Atlanta Braves' Chipper Jones, right, is congratulated by third base coach Brian Snitker after his solo home run. Snitker was named the new manager of the Gwinnett Braves on Monday.
For the second consecutive year the Gwinnett Braves will have a new manager.
This one comes with a hometown feel.
The Atlanta Braves announced Monday that longtime third base coach Brian Snitker will replace Randy Ready as manager of the Class AAA club. Ready's contract was not renewed by the Braves. He joined the organization at the start of last season, coming over from the Texas Rangers.
Ready was let go after leading the G-Braves through a rough 2013 that saw the club go 60-84, the worst record in the International League. Snitker will be the third manager for the G-Braves since moving from Richmond to Gwinnett in 2009. He is the third in as many years.
This will be a return to a minor league managerial post for Snitker, who last managed the Richmond Braves in 2006. He also managed at Mississippi, Greenville, Myrtle Beach, Macon, Danville, Durham, Sumter and Anderson, all within the Braves organization. As a manager, the 57-year-old's record is 1,140-1,145 in 17 seasons across all levels of minor league baseball.
Snitker first joined the Braves organization in 1977 as a player and never left. He spend the past seven seasons coaching third base in the major leagues.
Snitker lives in Lilburn and his son, Troy, graduated from Brookwood High School and was drafted in the 19th round of the major league baseball draft in 2011. Troy, a catcher like his father, was later traded and played in five games last season and played in five games with Southern Maryland of the independent Atlantic League.
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