ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves are parting ways with their longtime pitching coach Roger McDowell, the team announced Friday.

General Manager John Coppolella revealed the club had decided to decline its 2017 option on McDowell's contract.

"Roger is a terrific coach and an even better person," Coppolella said in a statement. "We wish him and his family nothing but the best in the future."

McDowell, 55, joined the Braves in 2006 and has completed 11 seasons as the team's pitching coach.

The image of McDowell visiting the mound, looking at the dirt with his hands stuck in his back pockets while talking to pitchers was a regular scene for fans.

Under his direction, the Braves' ERA ranked in the Top 5 in MLB from 2009-14. However, the team's ERA plummeted in 2015 to 4.41, the fourth-worst in the league. In 2016, it continued to slide to 4.51.

The Braves are in the midst of a managerial search that includes last season's interim manager, Brian Snitker, and other outside candidates.

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