This week started off with the rumors that Brian Snitker would be stripped of the “interim” tag and be named the full-time manager of the Atlanta Braves. On Tuesday morning, the Braves made it official. Snitker will be the manager of the Braves in 2017 with a club option for 2018. Again, this is what most of the players wanted, so the clubhouse should definitely be happy with this decision. Meanwhile, it’s not the boldest move that the Braves could have made, but it was totally a safe one.
The Braves made two major additions to their coaching staff yesterday as well. For starters, they quickly replaced former pitching coach Roger McDowell with former Marlins staff member Chuck Hernandez. As Brad noted in the link above, this seems to be a move that’s aimed at developing the young arsenal of arms that the Braves have in their organization. Meanwhile, managerial candidate Ron Washington was brought on as a third base coach. Interesting.
Now that the Braves have a manager, the front office can now focus on continuing the rebuild and making sure that the team continues to improve and build on the momentum that they ended the season with. The crew at MLB Trade Rumors took a look at the Braves and their offseason outlook.
There are bigger fish [referring to starting pitchers] that could be available via trade, though indications from the team are that it won’t part with the top prospects that would be needed to land a true top-of-the-rotation arm. The free agent market does contain some options, of course. It would be surprising to see the Braves chase Rich Hill, the highest-upside arm available, but they could conceivably look into Jeremy Hellickson or Ivan Nova while also chasing value further down the market — where pitchers like Clay Buchholz, Charlie Morton, Edinson Volquez, and Doug Fister.
For eight innings, it appeared as if the Giants were going to keep on using the Even-Year Magic that kept them alive in Game 3. San Francisco had a 5-2 lead heading into the ninth, and it seemed like the Giants were about to win their 11th-straight elimination game and force a Game 5 in front of what would surely be an extremely-nervous crowd at Wrigley Field. Then The Cubs just decided to completely throw that script out of the window and wrote their own ending in the ninth inning. They scored four runs in the top of the ninth to win 6-5 and move on to the NLCS.
Before the intense drama went down in NorCal, there was plenty of drama in SoCal. The Nationals and Dodgers had a back-and-forth contest in Los Angeles, and it seemed as if the Nationals had all of the momentum after they bounced back to tie the game 5-5 after scoring three runs in the seventh. However, Chase Utley came through with a clutch knock in the bottom of the eighth inning and the Dodgers ended up forcing a Game 5 back in D.C.