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Could Gonzalez end up skipper of Braves?

Posted on: June 23, 2010 12:38 pm
Edited on: June 23, 2010 1:13 pm
 
Fredi Gonzalez It seems as if Fredi Gonzalez always had one foot out the door as manager of the Marlins.

Controversy has always swirled around him being the skipper of the Marlins. Last May, Florida spoke to Bobby Valentine about taking over the manager's job, and there were reports even before then that owner Jeffrey Loria was not happy with Gonzalez as manager. When the Marlins finished 2009 out of the playoffs, questions about Gonzalez' job security popped up again even though the Fish finished 87-75, in second place.

Loria finally got his chance to pull the trigger Wednesday, also jettisoning bench coach Carlos Tosca and hitting coach Jim Presley for the 34-36 Marlins, in fourth place and 7 1/2 games out of first place. The new manager is Edwin Rodriguez, who has skippered Triple-A New Orleans for the past 1 1/2 years.

Loria issued a statement, talking about how close he was with Gonzalez, then added, "We can’t let personal feelings get in the way of taking steps that we believe are necessary to improve our ballclub.

Decisions on individual personnel cannot supersede our overall goal, which is to win. We believe we can do better and be better."

Gonzalez won't be in the unemployment line for long as he is regarded as one of the better managers in the game. Not only should other teams with current vacancies be interested, he has been linked to the Braves almost as long as he's been on the hot seat in Florida. For quite a while now, Gonzalez has been the overwhelming favorite to replace Bobby Cox as manager, who is retiring after the year. Atlanta knows well, as Gonzalez was third-base coach for the Braves from 2003-2006.

Sports Illustrated 's Jon Heyman confirms Gonzalez's status as the "early heavy favorite" to replace Cox. Tim Kurkijian mentioned that the Marlins front office believed Gonzalez may have been pre-occupied with his status as the favorite to replace Cox. Whether this is spin or not, it's certainly a plum job in Atlanta.

Gonzalez seems to be a great fit for the Braves. He's proven in his three-plus years managing the Marlins that he can win despite being handcuffed with the smallest payroll in the majors -- a problem he would not have in Atlanta.

Gonzalez, who has the most wins as a Marlins manager, also has tremendous experience grooming youngsters for the big show, both in his time at the minor-league level and as skipper of the Marlins. He is regarded as a player's manager, which is extremely important in this day and age, perhaps more so than in-game management skills. In addition, having been born in Cuba, Gonzalez can speak both Spanish and English which improves the language barrier that pervades baseball these days.

Finding a manager with all these attributes is difficult to do. The Marlins may have just given the Braves the best gift possible in setting Gonzalez free. And perhaps Gonzalez can go somewhere where he is fully appreciated now.

UPDATE : Mark Bowman of MLB.com says that Braves GM Frank Wren holds Fredi Gonzalez "in high regard," but will not have any comment on Gonzalez' status as the next manager of the Braves until Bobby Cox manages his final game.

-- Evan Brunell

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 11, 2011 11:03 am
 

Could Gonzalez end up skipper of Braves?




Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: June 24, 2010 6:12 pm
 

Could Gonzalez end up skipper of Braves?

This was a knock on Girardi too... and he managed the Yankees better then Torre could with what they had the year after Torre left and even his second year (when we won it all) our Pen was in shambles the years Torre was hear.  Girardi steps in and our Pen is real good, and that pushed us to the World Series and to win it. We got knocked for signing CC because he couldn't pitch in the playoffs, as well as Burnett (who never did) and they excelled. and Pettite has been better then ever... and Hughes has been a top notch starter with Girardi... something Torre couldn't do, rushed him back after his injury and made him look bad. I think that Fredi will be great in Atlanta and excel with the pitching staff they have.



Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: June 24, 2010 10:51 am
 

Could Gonzalez end up skipper of Braves?

It's hard to believe the arrogance and stupidity of the Marlins front office.  After getting sued because you are too cheap, they have the balls to say that they should make the playoffs.  Have you looked at that bullpen?  They strike out too much, make too many errors and don't hit well in the clutch.  I can't wait until they fall on their faces.  Somebody needs to punch the owner and his co-horts right in the face for being such morons.



Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: June 24, 2010 8:17 am
 

Could Gonzalez end up skipper of Braves?

That's an idiotic comment to make. Then lets look at the players that have just flew off the charts with his "tuteledge": Prado, Glaus, & Chipper every yr. TP cant go to the box for these guys. A hitting coach gets too much credit and too much blame for these chumps and their hitting. As for Andruw - Lazy! Then there's Francoeour, his last days in ATL, i seen him on a trip to STL. He was at the club to closing time both night. How he played that Thurs Day game after the bender he was on Wed night, i dont know. Well, actually he didnt do sh(t but stand in RF and go 0-4 at the plate. Kind of adds up!......Anyway, i agree about Gonzo being a good fit in ATL.




Since: Jun 16, 2010
Posted on: June 23, 2010 10:25 pm
 

Could Gonzalez end up skipper of Braves?

terry pendleton  would be just about the person i would want to manage the braves. Braves hitters go elsewhere to work on their swings bc he is worthless...he needs to be off the braves staff completely



Since: Feb 24, 2010
Posted on: June 23, 2010 8:51 pm
 

Could Gonzalez end up skipper of Braves?

Gonzalez might actually be a good thing for the Braves next year... assuming Bobby Cox doesn't do the Favre.



Since: Jun 15, 2010
Posted on: June 23, 2010 8:23 pm
 

Could Gonzalez end up skipper of Braves?

I think he would be a better choice than T.P. I am still holding out all hope that they bring back Leo Mazzone! Maybe Ned Yost to bench coach? Greg Maddux or John Smoltz as pitching coach, and Chipper Jones as batting coach!



Since: Jan 22, 2007
Posted on: June 23, 2010 7:26 pm
 

Could Gonzalez end up skipper of Braves?

What manager doesn't have problems with in-game moves. Hey. its all luck anyway, if the player comes through the manager is a genius. If the player doesn't, the manager is a dope. Well, which is it, can't have it both ways.
That being said, maybe Bobby Cox won't retire. The Braves success (so-far) might rejuvenate him a little. Hey, these guys have been known to change their minds.    


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