Atlanta’s Brian Snitker voted NL Manager of the Year


NEW YORK (AP) – Atlanta’s Brian Snitker has been voted National League Manager of the Year after leading the Braves to a surprising first-place finish.

Snitker received 17 first-place votes, nine seconds and one third for 116 points from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America in balloting announced Tuesday. He was the only manager picked on every ballot.

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Milwaukee’s Craig Counsell was second with 11 firsts, 13 seconds and five thirds for 99 points. Colorado’s Bud Black was third with 41 points.

A 63-year-old baseball lifer, Snitker became the Braves’ interim manager when Fredi Gonzalez was fired in May 2016, and Snitker was given the job full-time after the season.

He turned around the Braves from a 72-90 record in 2017 to 90-72 this year.

The AL award was to be announced later Tuesday.


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