The @Braves came within 12 outs of a World Series appearance.— Baseball America (@BaseballAmerica) December 1, 2020
Brian Snitker's deft managing was one of several reasons why.
Snitker is our 2020 MLB Manager of the Year.
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It was quite the remarkable feat. Coronavirus made this season questionable enough, and heading into the season his star first baseman and big offseason free agent signing for the pitching staff were very much in question. Freddie Freeman recovered for an MVP season. Cole Hamels, not so much.
And that’s really the amazing part. Snitker led a team that seemed to lose a starting pitcher every week of the season. He was able to put together a lineup that was able to overcome plug-and-play pitchers like Robbie Erlin and 14 starting pitchers overall. And when it was all said and done, the Braves won 35 of the 60 games in this bizarre season, captured their third-straight NL East crown and won their first playoff series in nearly two decades.
Snitker, who became the full-time manager in 2017, had previously won the 2018 National League Manager of the Year and has a pair of Sporting News honors to his name as well. As the wins and trophies keep mounting for this young and talented Braves team, a hopeful World Series looms in the not-so-distant future.