Podcast blog: Braves should have done a little more for Snitker

Did the Braves send the wrong message by giving new manager Brian Snitker only a one-year guaranteed contract with a one-year club option. (AP photo)

Did the Braves send the wrong message by giving new manager Brian Snitker only a one-year guaranteed contract with a one-year club option? (AP photo)

I understand why Brian Snitker is nothing but thankful this morning to be the manager of the Braves after being rewarded for doing a wonderful job as interim manager this season. But couldn’t the organization have done just a little bit more for him?

As you probably know, the Braves announced Tuesday that Snitker would lead them in the dugout next season when the team moves to SunTrust Park, an honor that could not have been foreseen when he was promoted from Gwinnett Braves manager in May to replace Fredi Gonzalez. But in doing so, the Braves also gave Snitker only a one-year contract with a one-year club option for 2018.

Thanks to two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Mike Luckovich who did this as a favor and for no compensation. I owe him a latte.

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Mike Luckovich did this for free. I owe him a latte.

WSB’s Zach Klein and I discuss this and other topics on a new episode of the “We Never Played The Game” podcast. You can listen to it by clicking HERE.

Or, better yet, simply go to our iTunes show page here and download and listen to any of our first three episodes, including a two-part interview with Falcons owner Arthur Blank and new revelations on former coach Bobby Petrino.

Back to Snitker. By guaranteeing him a job for only one season, the Braves have created a negative talking point. Some will wonder: What does he have to do to keep his job? Do the Braves have to finish .500? Have a winning record? Reach the postseason? It’s an unnecessary distraction the organization could have easily avoided by giving the man a two-year deal, which he deserved.

I understand why there may be some uncertainty in the front office about the job Snitker will do. But think about it: Even in the worst-case scenario where the Braves bellyflop next season and Snitker loses his job, you pay the man for two years. He has worked for the Braves for 40 years. Forty! Consider his modest second-year salary a severance check. Or better yet, keep him in the organization.

The best thing the Braves could have done was give Snitker a two-year contract with a third-year club option. The optics would’ve been better, as it would’ve conveyed more confidence in the man they just hired. It also would have cost them little. Agree or disagree?

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Doktor13
Doktor13

It's the 'Entitlement' Perspective...

However, you gotta perform, and then you eat. It's how contracts actually work to a degree. These 'game players' are fortunate because most employment contracts are worded with the employers discretion to dismiss if work isn't performed satisfactorily... I don't see what people don't understand about this very basic principle - this goes from EVERYONE from CEO on down... (but then enter the *coughs* attorneys & agents *coughs*)

See the 'Walter Alston' comment below by @brushback69 ... he's DEAD NUTZ ON...


UltraElf
UltraElf

all contracts should be one year with a club option in yr two and player option in yr 3. No more multi year billion dollar contracts. Players and coaches need to earn their keep. And they need to lower the salary cap. Let these clowns learn what it is like to live within a real budget.

TideDawg
TideDawg

What I would like to see: Snitker leads Braves to a successful season of wins/losses. Braves say "Great!! We're going to extend you another year". Snitker says "Thanks! That's nice, but I have accepted a three year deal with another club. I was listening to "The Fan" this morning. They checked the record and no manager has ever been hired on a one year contract in MLB....except Snitker. I didn't hear anything about an increase in salary for Snitker either. It would be interesting to know what they're paying Washington to coach 3rd base when he had an opportunity to manage another team. How would you like to have a man waiting to take your job working for you? Cooperation between Snitker and Washington? I doubt it! This deal is rotten to the core.

brushback69
brushback69

@TideDawg 

Walter Alston signed 23 one year contracts with the Dodgers, 1954-1976.

scottarino
scottarino

@TideDawg the guy's a manager in MLB. Snit is down-to-earth enough to know he can't complain. 

Bug
Bug

the guy is the right guy for the job, I love him but the Braves run a business. if you don't believe that then ask the nuts who run fulton county. But no one can say that the Braves to not reward managers for success and they will him if he continues the good work.

Zing
Zing

I thought that was odd, too.  Strikes me as something they did just because they could.  Bringing Washington in also seems like they're setting up a potential managerial controversy - if the team doesn't do well at the beginning of the year, well, they've got Wash right there who was given serious consideration for the job to step in and take over.

Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

Don't fret about Brian Snitker ,Schultzie! Snit is a lifer with the Braves organization, 40 plus years and counting. If the Braves fold under him this year he will have a job within the Braves organization in some capacity.In my opinion Washington would not be my first choice to replace Snitker, I would give Pendleton or Lopez a shot from within the organization. Outside the organization I would give Red sox bench Coach Tory Louvello a call.

If Hart/Coppy really want to help their new manager they should go get him a couple of starting pitchers. Call the Rays today and enquire about Chris Archer or Jake Odorizzi.The Braves have plenty of top prospects on the farm , use a couple of them and make a deal. The Rays are always looking to dump young veterans when they start having to pay them. Get Snitker a couple of decent Starting Pitchers and his contract issue will take care of itself.

58Supersports
58Supersports

Not a Washington fan, the man run around on wife and did drugs. I believe in giving someone a second chance but the Braves have always played the goodie good step child role until now.

Snit deserved at least 2 years with option. They were a lot more loving to FG with his 3 year and option.


Buschleaguer
Buschleaguer

@58Supersports Liberty Media would have rather had Fredo last the entire 2016 season before dumping him in the off season.They saved some coin by getting Snitker as the interim manager last year, and he did well enough by them to get another year. 

Liberty will roll the Dice this year with Snitker ,it is a Win Win situation, if he does well sign him to another one  year extension , if he fails ,let him go after the season ,and sign a new manager to a multi year contract. 

If Liberty would spend a little  cash this year and trade for some starting pitching , they may have more success on the field than they have confidence on giving Snitker a multi year contract.

ClevelandDon
ClevelandDon

Thanks and you are right!  Why is it that at the top they think so low? Amazing. Please "someone in the front office" call a press conference and announce ... "We're  sorry that was supposed to be a two-year contract for our wonderful coach and oh yes, the Washington hire is just what it is, nothing more!

TideDawg
TideDawg

Yes! I agree Snitker should have been better rewarded. Instead, the Braves appeased the fans and players by giving Snitker a 1 year deal and then hired his replacement to be 3rd base coach. Who do the Braves think they're fooling with that move? It's so obvious that it stinks. They expect Snitker to fail and hedged their bet with Washington.

scottarino
scottarino

@TideDawg what about Washington? He's taken a team to the WS and now he's coaching third base with basically a rookie manager. 

redweather
redweather

Agree with you on this one. The heat is temporarily off Hart and Coppy for the time being, but these guys do not impress me at all. I sure wouldn't want to work for them.