ATLANTA – It took a while for Brian Snitker to get his shot at being a big league manager.
He's in no hurry to let it go.
The Atlanta Braves announced Friday they have extended Snitker's contract through the 2023 season, with a club option for 2024.
Snitker is certainly worthy of the job security, having led the Braves to three straight NL East titles and within one win of a spot in the World Series last season.
The 65-year-old Snitker took over the Braves on an interim basis in 2016 and is heading into his fifth full season as the skipper.
“It feels good,” he said after Friday's spring training workout in North Port, Florida. “I'm not one that worries about that kind of thing, honestly. If this was going to be my last year or whatever, I would give it everything I've got. But it's nice, obviously, that someone thinks enough of you to extend that kind of package.”
Snitker has been with the Braves organization for 45 seasons as a player, coach and manager — mostly in the minor leagues — after signing with the club as an undrafted free agent in 1977.
When Fredi Gonzalez was fired early in the 2016 season, Snitker became one of the oldest first-time managers in big league history. He's now the fourth-oldest manager in the majors behind Tony La Russa of the Chicago White Sox, Houston's Dusty Baker, and Joe Maddon of the Los Angeles Angels.