Braves manager Brian Snitker answers questions during a press conference a day after the loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. (Alyssa Pointer/Atlanta Journal Constitution)
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Brian Snitker named finalist for NL Manager of the Year

Braves manager Brian Snitker has a chance to do what his Hall-of-Fame friend and mentor achieved in a Braves uniform.

Snitker was named one of three finalists for the National League Manager of the Year award. He won the honor last season, meaning he could become the first NL manager to win back-to-back Manager of the Year awards since the Braves’ Bobby Cox in 2004-05.

The Braves won 97 games in 2019, a seven-win improvement from last season. They repeated as NL East champions after few outsiders picked them to continue 2018’s fortunes.

Snitker is considered a true players’ manager, praised for how he handles the clubhouse. He’s spent over four decades with the Braves organization and has held the managerial post for the big-league club since May 2016.

He’s joined by Milwaukee’s Craig Counsell, who finished second in voting a year ago, and the Cardinals’ Mike Shildt, who was fourth in voting last season. The winner will be announced Nov. 12.

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