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Braves name Snitker manager for 2017, Washington joins staff

Brian Snitker finally was given his most-cherished prize for four decades of service to the Atlanta Braves.

Snitker was hired by the Braves as their full-time manager on Tuesday, rewarded for helping reverse the team's direction in his interim role this season.

The Braves finished last in the NL East but won 20 of their final 30 games under Snitker, who became interim manager on May 17 after Fredi Gonzalez was fired. Snitker had a 59-65 record, including 37-35 after the All-Star break.

Despite the strong finish under Snitker, the Braves also interviewed former managers Bud Black and Ron Washington.

Snitker, who turns 61 next week, was hired for the 2017...