On Saturday, the Atlanta Braves defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 6 of the National League Championship Series, thereby earning their first pennant since 1999. The Braves will now compete in the World Series against the Houston Astros, who advanced to their third Fall Classic in five years by toppling the Boston Red Sox. One thing is for certain about this series: no matter what happens, a member of the Snitker family is going to get a championship ring.
That's because Brian Snitker manages the Braves and his son, Troy, is a co-hitting coach with the Astros. The elder Snitker talked about squaring off against his son's team after Saturday's win.
"I told someone, the Snitkers are going to have a World Series trophy in their house, I don't know who's going to own it, but we're going to have one," he said, according to Adam Wexler of SportsTalk790.
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Father Snitker has been the Braves skipper since 2016, when he took over on an interim basis. In parts of six seasons, he's accumulated a 441-390 regular-season record (53.1 winning percentage) and has led Atlanta to four consecutive NL East division crowns. Including his time as manager, Snitker has spent more than four decades with the Braves organization, filling a variety of roles along the way.
It should be noted that the younger Snitker also has connections to the Braves organization. He was drafted by Atlanta in 2011 and spent parts of two seasons in the minors as a catcher. He wasn't long for a playing career, however, as he retired before the start of the 2014 season because of a concussion. Snitker then began his coaching career, which saw him make a rapid ascent, reaching the big-league level at age 30.
"As a father, it's special," Brian Snitker told MLB.com's Mark Bowman about his son's path in 2019. "I'm very proud of him."
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