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Braves Officially Hire Brian Snitker As Manager

Oct 11, 2016 10:00 AM

The Atlanta Braves have officially hired Brian Snitker as manager for the 2017 season with a club option for 2018.

Snitker, 60, guided the Braves to a 59-65 record as the team's interim manager this past season.

"Brian earned this opportunity through his dedication to the Braves and to our players," John Coppolella said. "We are excited for the energy and momentum he will bring into SunTrust Park next season."

Snitker broke in with the Atlanta organization as a 21-year-old Rookie League catcher in 1977.


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Brian Snitker Considered Front-Runner For Braves' Job

Oct 10, 2016 3:56 PM

Brian Snitker has emerged as the front-runner to become the next manager of the Atlanta Braves.

Snitker guided the Braves to a 59-65 record as the team's interim manager this season. 

Snitker managed 2,571 games in the minor leagues and spent more than 10 years as a major-league coach before finally getting his opportunity to run Atlanta's big-league club.

The Braves have also interviewed coaches Eddie Perez, Terry Pendleton and Bo Porter and former major league managers Bud Black and Ron Washington during their managerial search process.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

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Braves Dismiss Pitching Coach Roger McDowell

Oct 7, 2016 4:23 PM

The Atlanta Braves have dismissed longtime pitching coach Roger McDowell.

They declined the 2017 option on McDowell's contract after 11 seasons with the club.

The Braves have not made a decision on who will manage the team next season or the status of the remaining coaches on staff.

Associated Press

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Braves To Interview Ron Washington, Bud Black

Oct 3, 2016 2:02 PM

The Atlanta Braves plan to interview Ron Washington and Bud Black for their managerial vacancy.

The Braves have already interviewed four internal candidates for the job -- interim manager Brian Snitker, bench coach Terry Pendleton, first base coach Eddie Perez and third base coach Bo Porter.

Mark Bowman/MLB

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Braves Interview Four Candidates For 2017 Manager

Oct 1, 2016 8:21 PM

The Atlanta Braves have interviewed interim manager Brian Snitker and three coaches for the full-time job heading into 2017.

Snitker met with president of baseball operations John Hart and general manager John Coppolella earlier this week. Hart and Coppolella also spoke with bench coach Terry Pendleton, first-base coach Eddie Perez and third-base coach Bo Porter about the job.

Hart and Coppolella are expected to begin the process of interviewing candidates outside the organization after the season ends Sunday.

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Giants To Acquire Gordon Beckham From Braves

Sep 27, 2016 4:20 PM

The San Francisco Giants will acquire Gordon Beckham from the Atlanta Braves, according to multiple reports.

The Braves will receive cash considerations.

Beckham provides insurance for the Giants in the infield with Eduardo Nunez dealing with a hamstring injury.

Mark Bowman/MLB

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Nationals To Activate Joe Ross

Sep 17, 2016 4:02 PM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker expects Joe Ross to return from the 60-day disabled list Sunday and make his first start since July 2.

Baker will keep Ross on a pitch count, probably no more than three innings, when Washington closes a three-game series against the Braves.

Ross has been sidelined with right shoulder inflammation. He went 7-4 with a 3.49 ERA in 16 starts before getting hurt.

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Braves Expect To Be Active In Free Agency

Sep 14, 2016 6:31 AM

The Atlanta Braves will be active in free agency this winter, according to John Coppolella.

Coppolella says the Braves have "more money to spend than in the past 10 years."

Atlanta only has about $50 million on the books for 2017 at this point.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

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Braves Place A.J. Pierzynski On DL

Sep 12, 2016 1:05 AM

The Braves have placed catcher A.J. Pierzynski on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

Pierzynski wouldn't say after Saturday night's 10-inning victory over the Mets whether he has played his last game.

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Hector Olivera Found Guilty Of Assault, Sentenced To Jail

Sep 9, 2016 7:56 AM

Hector Olivera was found guilty on a misdemeanor domestic assault charge in a Virginia courtroom and was ordered to serve 10 days in jail on Thursday.

The former Atlanta Braves outfielder appeared before an Arlington County (Va) General District Court judge, who presided over, issued the guilty verdict and levied the sentence on the assault charge in a bench trial.

He was sentenced to 90 days in jail, although the judge suspended 80 days of that sentence. He hasn't appeared in a Major League game since his arrest in April.

Major League Baseball put Olivera on paid leave and he later suspended 82 games by the league under MLB's Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy.

The Braves dealt Olivera to the San Diego Padres in July in exchange for slugger Matt Kemp. The Padres waived Olivera in August and he remains a free agent.

A.J. Perez/USA Today

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Braves See No Risk In Potentially Signing Tim Tebow
The Braves continue to contemplate signing Tim Tebow to a Minor League contract.

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Dansby Swanson's First Home Run Is Inside The Park
Dansby Swanson hit the first home run of his Major League career on Tuesday night with an inside-the-park job against the Nationals.


Braves Have Serious Interest In Signing Tim Tebow To Minor League Deal
The Braves were one of five clubs that spoke one-on-one with Tim Tebow after his Los Angeles workout Tuesday.

Pedro Gomez/ESPN

Braves Unsure About Promoting Top-20 Prospect Ozzie Albies
Ozzie Albies hit an excellent .322/.394/.446 in 325 Double-A plate appearances this season.

Mark Bowman/ (via MLBTradeRumors)

Marlins Acquire Jeff Francoeur In Three-Team Deal
The Braves have traded Jeff Francoeur to the Marlins in a three-team deal with the Rangers.


Georgia State Will Convert Turner Field To Football Stadium
Turner Field has been the home of the Atlanta Braves, who will move to a new stadium for the 2017 season.

Associated Press

Braves Promote Dansby Swanson From Double-A
The Braves have called up Dansby Swanson from Double-A to make his Major League debut on Wednesday.


Brian McCann Clears Waivers, Yankees Working On Trade
The Yankees are still working to move veterans after making four deals before the August 1 non-waiver deadline.

Jon Heyman/Today's Knuckleball

Source: Padres Trade Matt Kemp To Braves For Hector Olivera
The Padres and Braves swap bad contracts on Saturday, according to a source.

Braves Place Closer Arodys Vizcaino On 15-Day DL
Braves pitcher Arodys Vizcaino has a right oblique strain.

Francoeur: 'MLB Players Want Stiffer PED Penalties'
Jeff Francoeur said changes may be necessary in the game's drug testing agreement.

Julio Teheran To Miss Next Start For Braves
Julio Teheran is being treated for an infection in his right thigh.

Marlins Beat Braves In Fort Bragg Game
Major League Baseball thanked the military on Sunday night, as Fort Bragg hosted Sunday Night Baseball.

Braves Don't Expect To Trade Julio Teheran
The Braves don't expect to trade Julio Teheran, according to general manager John Coppolella.


Braves Would Have To Be 'Overwhelmed' To Trade Julio Teheran
Julio Teheran's name has been floated in trade discussions, but John Coppolella says the Braves would need to be "overwhelmed" to move him.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Atlanta's Mallex Smith Suffers Broken Thumb
Mallex Smith suffered a fractured left thumb after he was hit by a pitch thrown by Antonio Bastardo in the top of the seventh inning in Sunday's game between the Braves and Mets.


Freddie Freeman Hits For First Cycle Of 2016
The Braves went into extra innings on Wednesday, allowing Freddie Freeman to become the first player to hit for the cycle in the Major Leagues this season.


Phillies Take Mickey Moniak; MLB Draft Round 1 Results
The Phillies used the first overall pick on California high school outfielder Mickey Moniak.

RealGM Staff Report

Mets Acquire Kelly Johnson For Second Straight Year
Kelly Johnson was acquired for Minor League right-hander Akeel Morris and cash considerations.

Adam Rubin/ESPN

Brewers Trade Jed Bradley To Braves
The Brewers have traded Jed Bradley to the Braves for a player to be named later or cash.

Adam McCalvy/MLB