Family affair

The World Series, a father-son family affair for Snitkers

HOUSTON (AP) — Regardless of how this year’s World Series ends, a Snitker will get a championship ring.

This edition of the Fall Classic is a family affair with Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker in the dugout across from his son, Houston Astros co-hitter coach Troy Snitker.

Close all their lives, they will be rivals when the teams take to the field on Tuesday night for Game 1.

“Quite honestly, tomorrow at 7:09 or whatever, he’s going to want to kick (ass) me,” dad said Monday.

But on the eve of the match, the eldest Snitker still found time to play the role of proud dad as he reflected on his son’s success.

“I kind of validated that maybe I did something good, the way it turned out,” he said. “He’s a hell of a young man.”

And later on Monday, the family got together one last time before having to go their separate ways for the start of the series.

“We talked about it last night at dinner, how we just had to enjoy it,” Brian Snitker said. “You are never guaranteed that. Who knows when you’ll be back. Enjoy it and savor it.

And for those wondering, dear old daddy picked up the check.

Troy Snitker grew up in clubs and dugouts, following his father as he worked as a minor league skipper for most of his childhood. Brian taught his son so much during that time, but as he watched him bounce around teams from Macon, Georgia, to Myrtle Beach, SC, that wasn’t what he was saying, but what he was doing that served as the most important lesson.

“Just his work ethic,” said Snitker, 32. “I think that’s the biggest thing I took away from him, being able to watch him from a young age in the ballpark. He’s so consistent, he works hard. He’s the same guy every day when you’re at the club with him.

Snitker, 66, spent 15 seasons as the manager of various Braves farm teams before working as Atlanta’s third baseman coach from 2007 to 2013. He was the manager of the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves from 2013 until becoming caretaker manager of the big league club when Fredi González was fired in May 2016.

Brian got the full-time job in 2017 and has led the Braves to the playoffs in each of the past four seasons.

“He’s just, he’s been through so much in his career where there were a lot of times he could have easily decided to go and do something else,” his son said. “But he held on.”

Troy Snitker was a bit of a college coach before joining the Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks as batting coach in 2018. He only spent one season there before working for the major league club. of Houston.

Brian Snitker is impressed with how his son has integrated the things he learned about baseball growing up with his dad with the new side of the sport.

“I like that he’s in (things),” Brian Snitker said. “Because I raised him in a dugout, on a bus, in the field a long, long time ago before analytics was invented. I think he’s a good mix of the way of doing old school and that he’s very open and getting all the new information that’s out there, I think it’s a good mix.

The whole family is, of course, thrilled to have two Snitkers competing in the World Series. But for Ronnie Snitker, wife of Brian Snitker and mother of Troy Snitker, navigating this week might be a little tough.

It is not yet known what she will wear, how she will represent the teams of her family.

“I think she’s just a little overwhelmed right now trying to figure out the concept that this is actually happening,” Troy Snitker said.

The men were asked on Tuesday who Ronnie would be rooting for.

“She decided she was just going to clap all the time, no matter what,” Troy Snitker said. “She’ll probably cry all the time, though.”

And after Snitker’s men were done raving about each other, they both agreed that the real star of this week was Ronnie.

“If it wasn’t for her, he or I honestly wouldn’t be here,” her husband said. “She made it possible for Troy and me to follow our dream, and we are so grateful to her.”

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