The 2017 season is officially over, and the Braves at least made sure that they wouldn’t end it on a lengthy losing streak. Atlanta scored four times in the seventh inning and that was enough to push them to a 8-5 victory over the Marlins and a 72-90 record for the 2017 campaign. Just like that, we now have to wait through an entire offseason for another Braves game. Here’s hoping that we see more improvement in 2018.
The season may be over, but that doesn’t mean that speculation about the Braves and their future is going to stop. Of course, the hottest topic at the moment right now is whether or not the Braves are going to pick up the option on Brian Snitker for 2018. Snitker actually spoke with David O’BRien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in an interview that mostly focused on what the future holds for him.
Q. I’m sure you’d like to know your job status going forward, but how do you feel going into the offseason?
A. You know what, I’m kind of where I was last year, mentally. Whatever the organization deems is best for this organization, then that’s what they should do. Like I’ve always said, not by any stretch of the imagination is me doing this job going to define my career. I mean, I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished over the last 42 years, and if it’s to continue to manage this team, fine. If it’s not, if it’s something else, it’s whatever I do. Like I said, I’m not going to retire. I’m going to keep working. I enjoy the game, enjoying doing all this in whatever capacity, so we’ll just wait and see.
Meanwhile, the man who should have the final say on whether or not Snitker will return recently had an interview of his own. Braves GM John Coppolella spoke with the duo that forms Fox Sports South’s Chopcast LIVE and they discussed the state of the Atlanta Braves and what will happen going forward with the team.
Next May will once again be a big month for Braves Country, as the team has secured another top-10 pick in the MLB Draft. This year they’ll be picking eighth and while it isn’t a top-5 selection like they’ve had for the past two seasons (and three if you count the robbery of Dansby Swanson from Arizona), it’ll still be interesting to see what the Braves can do with another high selection in the draft.
On the other hand, the Detroit Tigers will get a boost to their rebuilding efforts after they ended up “earning” the first pick in next year’s draft with a loss to the Twins yesterday. They clinched the pick thanks to the Giants, who managed to pull off what could be the saddest walk-off victory of the season. Had the Giants lost this game, they would have had the number one pick. Instead, this happened and now they’re picking second.
That's all Folks! Pablo walks off the season! Until next year!!! pic.twitter.com/FUl3zixL3N— SF Giants on NBCS (@NBCSGiants) October 1, 2017
There were rumors that Mets manager Terry Collins wouldn’t be long for his job and those rumors came to fruition when reports came out that the Mets would make the move official once the season ended. The good news for Collins is that he’ll be staying in the front office, which is a bit of a shock considering that the Mets front office has reportedly wanted him gone and ownership was what kept him around.