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The Gwinnett Braves held a press conference on Thursday afternoon to introduce their new Field Manager Brian Snitker.
In front of local media, VIP guests and front office staff, Snitker officially took over as the new skipper of the Gwinnett Braves. He replaces Randy Ready, who left the organization after one season with the Braves. Snitker will serve as the third manager in Gwinnett Braves’ franchise history.
“This is a great opportunity for me,” said Snitker. “I live 14 miles from here. I have raised my kids here in Lilburn and Brookwood High School. My mom lives five minutes from here. This couldn’t be any better for me.”
Snitker, who last served as the third base coach for the Atlanta Braves, has plenty of managerial experience, spending 17 seasons with the Atlanta Braves organization. He posted a career 1140-1145 record while leading ten different affiliates from 1982 through 2006. In 1999 and 2000, he led the Myrtle Beach Pelicans to consecutive Carolina League Championships. After the 2006 season, Snitker joined the Atlanta Braves as their third base coach and served under Hall of Fame Manager Bobby Cox and current Braves Manager Fredi Gonzalez.
“I got to work with two of the better managers in the game of baseball, Bobby Cox and Fredi Gonzalez,” said Snitker. “They were practically the same guy on how they handled situations, players and the adversity that people don’t see on an everyday basis.”
The thirty minute conference was lighthearted and fun, as Snitker was joined by General Manager North Johnson, Media Relations Manager Dave Lezotte and Atlanta Braves prospects Lucas Sims, Kyle Kubitza, J.R. Graham, Gus Schlosser and Aaron Northcraft. Snitker and the prospects fielded questions from the local media as well as Gwinnett Braves season ticket holders. Snitker will head to Spring Training as soon as pitchers and catchers report to Lake Buena Vista, FL at the beginning of February.
All in all, it was a great day to be at Coolray Field. With the beginning of the season approaching, Snitker is up for the job. Gwinnett kicks off the home schedule at Coolray Field on Friday, April 11th at 7:05 p.m. against the Durham Bulls. For more information on the G-Braves and Coolray Field, visit Gwinnettbraves.com, as well as our social media outlets at facebook.com/GwinnettBraves1 and twitter.com/GwinnettBraves!
The Atlanta Braves selected Lucas Sims with the 21st overall pick in the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft on June 4. Sims is a hardthrowing right-hander from Brookwood High School out of Snellville, Georgia. The 6-foot, 2-inch, 195-pounder was named the Georgia Region Pitcher of the Year and led his team to the 2012 Georgia State Championship Game with an 8-1 record alongside his nearly flawless 1.19 ERA.
Sims was ranked the No. 29 overall prospect entering the 2012 MLB Draft according to Baseball America. Last summer, the righty pitched for the USA Baseball 18U team in the Prospect Classic. The Lawrenceville native also was a three-year starting pitcher and shortstop that was committed to the baseball powerhouse Clemson University.
“We are happy to be able to draft a Georgia boy, especially one from our backyard who is a great athlete with a great arm and great make-up.” said Tony DeMacio, the Braves’ director of scouting. “We are looking forward to getting him into the fold as soon as possible. We think we have a top of the rotation type of player.”
The 40-round First-Year Player draft will conclude Wednesday, June 6 at 12:00 p.m. with rounds 16 through 40. The Braves will select 21st in rounds three through 40 to conclude the festivities.
By: Tony Piraro