​The Braves 2017 season didn't go as planned, and in the year's immediate aftermath, much of the talk was expected to be about manager Brian Snitker's future. 

Well, as we all know, Snitker will remain manager of the Braves, partially on his own merits, but very much due to the confusing (and criminal) situation with now ex-general manager John Coppolella. 

​​According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, if Snitker were actually fired, Ron Washington or Bo Porter were the likely replacements. But then, the international signing fiasco hit.

That whole drama might have been bad for the Braves as a whole, but it turns out it could be the best thing to happen to Brian Snitker. In an effort to show some sort of organizational stability, the Braves have leaned on someone who's spearheaded the squad for the past few years.

It makes sense. People will not want to come to your organization if they don't believe they'll have any job security. And, after all, the Braves did improve after a very rough start to season. 

We'll see how long Snitker lasts, however. If the team struggles in 2018, this facade will crumble quickly.