Father to Face Son in Epic Showdown as Atlanta Braves Take on Houston Astros in MLB World Series 2021

Published 10/26/2021, 10:00 AM EDT


The World Series begins later today with the Houston Astros taking on the Atlanta Braves in Game 1 at the Minute Maid Park. While both teams look to add the iconic title to their trophy cabinets, one thing is for certain: one member of the Snitker family will be a World Series champion.

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The World Series will see Brian Snitker, the manager of the Braves, go up against his son Troy, who is a hitting coach for the Astros.

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Father-Son showdown to take place in this year’s World Series

Brian Snitker made a name for himself by tasting success with the Braves’ minor league teams. While he featured as a bullpen coach for the Braves in 1985, he rejoined the MLB team for multiple seasons in 2007 as a third-base coach.

In October 2016, the 66-year-old became the full-time manager of the Braves. He won the NL Manager of the Year in 2018 for leading them to the NL East title with a 90-72 record. They lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS that year.

Oct 25, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker (43) smiles during workouts before Game 1 of the World Series between the Houston Astros and the Atlanta Braves at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Meanwhile, his son Troy had a brief playing career in minor league baseball. Although the Braves drafted him in 2011, he retired before the start of the 2014 season, by which time he was with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Following his retirement, the 32-year-old took up coaching, and worked his way up to being a hitting coach for the Astros after the 2018 season.

This year, the duo will face each other in the World Series. While this will be Brian’s first foray into the Fall Classic as a manager, it will be Troy’s second as a coach.

While their players will decide results on the diamond, there could be quite an interesting strategic battle on the cards. Especially when both sides have members of the same family in crucial roles for their franchises.

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Can the Houston Astros clinch their second World Series crown?

While the Braves displayed immense character against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLCS, they look likely to be the underdogs heading into the World Series against the Astros.

Oct 22, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Astros players celebrate after defeating the Boston Red Sox to advance to the World Series after game six of the 2021 ALCS at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

For the first time in 22 years, the Braves will take part in the Fall Classic. However, the Astros have reached this stage thrice in the last five years. Along with a mental edge, the Astros also possess a highly talented roster, which looks potent enough to deliver on this occasion.

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 & US Sports Author at EssentiallySports. He began following F1 since 2010, which made him an instant Sebastian Vettel fan. His favorite tracks on the calendar include Spa-Francorchamps, Monaco and Monza.

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