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Brian Snitker’s feel-good moment and did the hiring of Ron Washington raise eyebrows around the league?

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Braves News

Snitker’s feel-good story was well earned’s Tracy Ringolsby takes a look back at Brian Snitker’s career with the Braves which began as an undrafted catcher back in 1977.

Hiring Ron Washington as 3B coach a strong move by Braves

The AJC’s David O’Brien says that hiring Ron Washington could have a big impact on young Braves infielders Dansby Swanson and Ozzie Albies. Washington spent last season as the A’s third base coach and was interviewed for Atlanta’s manager job. That is why it was a bit of a surprise when he was later announced as the team’s new third-base coach.

Washington’s hiring by Braves raises eyebrows

The San Francisco Chronicle’s John Shea reports that Washington’s hiring by the Braves raised eyebrows around the league and could have ramifications going forward.

There were some raised eyebrows among baseball officials after the Braves hired Ron Washington away from the A’s without a promotion. He’ll be the third-base coach. The Braves received permission from the A’s to interview Washington to manage, not coach. Might make clubs hesitant to grant the Braves permission to interview their coaches.

September ends Braves season on a high note

The Atlanta Braves helped build some momentum for next season by going 18-10 in September while winning five straight series to end the season.

Braves season in review: Starting pitchers

Overall Julio Teheran was a bright spot, but this is an area where the Braves will have to improve if they hope to take a step forward next season.

Braves minor league review: Second base

Ozzie Albies is clearly the headliner among this group but Travis Demeritte and Luke Dykstra had nice seasons as well.

MLB News

Fredi Gonzalez mulling options for next season

Former Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez is mulling over his options for next season including the possibility of a return to Miami as the third-base coach of the Marlins. That move would be a bit surprising given the messy divorce between the two back in 2010.

Padres part ways with president Mike Dee

The San Diego Padres have parted ways with team president Mike Dee but his departure won’t affect the status of suspended general manager A.J. Preller who is scheduled to return next week.