Despite Snitker’s stance, my opinion hasn’t changed.
He was an able batting instructor — Braves hitters led the NL in OBP his last season on the job — who took the fall because he couldn’t fix Frenchy. He turned down overtures from teams including the Dodgers to stay with the organization. And he’s watched every mismanaged game of Fredi’s tenure, knowing deep down the job should’ve been his.
With Fredi all but gone, it’s time to make things right. Terry Pendleton should be the next Braves manager, and not just because it’s his turn.
Those of us who followed the team in the 90s know how important TP was to those teams. He was a manager on the field, a calming presence who kept the young guys believing. He learned from the best, playing for Bobby and Whitey Herzog most of his career. And there’s no doubt he would have the respect of his players.
Of course none of us really knows what kind of tactician TP, or, for that matter, Eddie Perez, would be. But TP has earned the chance.