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Braves give Brian Snitker another year

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As expected, the Atlanta Braves announced today that Brian Snitker will come back for another season as their manager.

In their announcement, team president and acting general manager John Hart praised Snitker as “life-long Brave” who has “devoted his last 42 years to this organization.” Hart says Snitker has shown that he is dedicated to “guiding the team through this transition period.” Hart added that decisions on the other Braves coaches will be made in the coming weeks.

As we have argued in recent days, it is not at all clear that Snitker is the best man to lead the team going forward. The recent turmoil in the Braves front office, however, seems to have bought him some extra time. Meanwhile, Snitker’s presence in the dugout buys whoever takes over the front office some extra time too, as a disappointing 2018 season could be addressed by simply firing Snitker, pushing off tough questions for the new GM — or Hart, if he holds over in the role longer than expected — to a later date.

Video: Ramon Torres hits little league home run in first at-bat of season

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The Royals recalled infielder Ramon Torres from Triple-A Omaha on Saturday. He didn’t get into a game until starting Thursday night’s game against the Rangers, batting ninth.

In the top of the second inning, facing Austin Bibens-Dirkx, Torres laced a single up the middle. Center fielder Delino DeShields charged in on it, attempting to keep Ryan Goins at second base, but the ball went right past his glove, through his legs, and nearly trickled all the way to the warning track. Goins scored easily and Torres was waved home, too. He managed to narrowly beat the throw, touching home plate with his left hand on a head-first slide.

The play was officially scored a single and a three-base error. Torres wasn’t credited with an RBI on the play. But at least the Royals got two runs out of it.