If you’re a Braves fan, then names like Chipper Jones, Tom Glavine, David Justice, Steve Avery, and even Jeff Blauser will roll right off your tongue when talking about memorable players. All the enjoyment we received over the years watching these great players perform wouldn’t have been possible without one guy you may never even have heard of – Paul Snyder. Snyder is best known for being a scout for the Atlanta Braves, and helping to put together the teams that would have such monumental success in the 1990′s. Paul will be inducted into the Professional Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame on Friday, June 14.
Paul Snyder has had a 50 year career in baseball, and all of that time was spent in the Braves organization. He began his association with the Braves in 1958 when he signed with the Milwaukee Braves as a first baseman and outfielder, and although Paul never made it to the Big Show, he stayed in baseball and began his career as a manager in the Braves farm system. Paul’s career included being the Braves longtime amateur scouting director (1981–1990; 1999–2000), assistant to the general manager (1991–1995; 2001–2006), and director of player development (1977–1980; 1996–1998). Snyder played such an integral role for the Braves, and baseball in general, that Baseball America named him one of the top 25 people in the game on the publication’s 25th anniversary in 2006. That’s quite an accomplishment!
From 1963 to 1972, Paul managed farm clubs for the Braves and worked as a scout, and in 1973 he went on to join the front office as an assistant minor league admin before finally taking the lead role in the farm department in 1977. Snyder was instrumental in putting together some strong teams in the 1980s under then manager Joe Torre, and even though Paul suffered a stroke at the young age of 40 that required surgery and rehab, Paul stayed in the game and continued a road of success that would eventually lead to the powerhouse teams of the 90s as well.
In the 1990s, Paul worked with Bobby Cox in helping draft those great teams, and was instrumental in developing the aforementioned Glavine, Avery, Justice, Blauser, and the great Chipper Jones. Snyder went from that role to a new role in being the top assistant to John Schuerholz when John took control of the front office after the 1990 season, where he continued his great scouting work and became director of player development.
Synder retired from the Braves organization in 2007 when Schuerholz became the team president and new GM, and Frank Wren came into the picture to take over control of day-to-day operations. In 2005, Paul Synder was enshrined in the Braves Museum and Hall of Fame, and in 2006 was presented with the King of Baseball award given by Minor League Baseball.
Paul had an amazing career in baseball, and being inducted in the Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame is fitting for one whose work led to so many memorable moments for the Braves organization, and fans alike. He set the tone for the kind of player development the Braves employ to this day, and so we salute you Paul, for a great career, and all your well-deserved accolades.