Macon's Brian Snitker one step closer to Braves managerial job

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Brian Snitker led the Macon High School Ironmen to the 1971 Illlinois state baseball finals before launching into a four decades-long career in professional ball. Brian Snitker led the Macon High School Ironmen to the 1971 Illlinois state baseball finals before launching into a four decades-long career in professional ball.

ATLANTA -- Players have lobbied, Atlanta media members have lobbied and he turned in a 31-25 record from August through the end of the season. And now Braves interim manager Brian Snitker waits.

The Macon, Ill. native achieved his goal: right the sinking ship that was the Braves. From mid-May to the first week of October, Snitker did just that, with a 59-65 record to show for it. Down the stretch, the Braves won series against the playoff-bound Mets (a sweep) and the Nationals, plus the Tigers (11 games over .500), Phillies and Marlins. They finished the 2016 campaign in brilliant fashion, 14-2 to be exact, despite the fact they had little to no reason to fight as a unit.

The Braves have announced that they will interview Snitker for the permanent managerial job along with former big league managers Ron Washington and Bud Black.

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