Jordan: 'Snitker allows his players to have fun, and it shows'

Beau Johnson
March 17, 2019 - 1:52 pm
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What makes an effective leader of men? If you were to ask 100 different people this question, you would probably get 100 different answers. Some say it's accountability, while others will say it's simply how relatable you are. Some mays say that an effective leader must have a presence that COMMANDS RESPECT, while other might say that he/she needs to be one of the people.

When it comes to Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker, it would be hard for anyone that knows him to say that he doesn't display all of the above qualifications.

He allows his players to play their game without really stepping in the way, but also demands hustle on every play. Just ask Ender Inciarte. Inciarte is a gold-glove center fielder for the Braves, who uncharacteristically loafed on a pop-fly to the shortstop with the Braves trailing by 5 runs in the top of the 5th inning in a game vs the Brewers last year. Inciarte didn't take the field in the bottom of the 5th; Snitker pulled him from the game, as he should've. 

This brings to mind an incident in 1998 where a different gold-glove center fielder for the Braves was pulled from a game for not hustling by a former manager. The center fielder was Andruw Jones and the manager was Hall Of Famer Bobby Cox. 

This is the perfect parallel between the two managers, as former Brave Brian Jordan believes that the two men are cut from the same cloth. 

Jordan says that Snitker knows that every year every manager goes in on the hot seat, and he coaches the game like it.

Braves' manager Brian Snitker was a topic of conversation this week on "The Spring Training Show - featuring Brian Jordan, Andy Bunker, and Joe Patrick."