The Braves announced two key extensions on Monday, securing the services of newly-minted president of baseball operations Alex Anthopoulos thru 2024 and manager Brian Snitker thru 2021. Along with Snitker, the club will retain all current members of the major league coaching staff.
Since he was hired in November 2017, Anthopoulos has commandeered the franchise to two division titles. His risk-averse courses of action may leave fans wanting more during the offseason, but their battle-tested success on the field leave little doubt that Anthopoulos has been a stellar hire for Atlanta. The clear apprehension shown by Anthopoulos as it pertains to trading prospect capital has been a source of criticism, but has also allowed the Braves to stockpile pitching prospects that are in close proximity to the major leagues, along with two budding stars in Cristian Pache and Drew Waters. Anthopoulos may be overly cautious, but to this point his Braves teams have yet to lose the NL East.
In addition to the retention and promotion of Anthopoulos, the Braves extended his managerial counterpart Brian Snitker, who has also played a major role in leading Atlanta to consecutive division titles. With a strong coaching staff to back his efforts, Snitker has excelled in Atlanta despite what many view as obvious shortcomings strategically. Regardless of the public view, players seem to support Snitker in a way that is reminiscent of Bobby Cox. The adoration of players is hardly quantifiable as it pertains to managers and their success, but Snitker has proven to be a successful leader of men throughout his time as Braves manager. His extension, along with Anthopoulos’, should be very well received among the players, which may be the greatest possible endorsement in these scenarios.
The Braves added a high-profile scout to the their ranks on Monday, as former Blue Jays manager John Gibbons accepted a role as a national crosschecker with Atlanta. Gibbons has no prior scouting experience, but was well-regarded for his talent evaluation in Toronto alongside Alex Anthopoulos.
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