Source: Brian Snitker is front-runner for Braves' managerial job

Brian Snitker has emerged as the front-runner to become the Atlanta Braves' next manager, a league source confirmed to ESPN on Monday.

Snitker, 60, guided the Braves to a 59-65 record as the team's interim manager this season. He took over for Fredi Gonzalez, who was fired in May after the Braves got off to a 9-28 start.

Snitker broke in with the Atlanta organization as a 21-year-old Rookie League catcher in 1977. He managed 2,571 games in the minor leagues and spent more than 10 years as a major league coach before finally getting his opportunity to run Atlanta's big-league club.

The Braves have also interviewed coaches Eddie Perez, Terry Pendleton and Bo Porter and former major league managers Bud Black and Ron Washington during their managerial search process.

MLB.com and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported earlier Monday that the Braves' search is nearing an end, and both outlets speculated that Snitker will land the job.