Tag:Fredi Gonzalez
Posted on: February 15, 2011 3:32 pm
Edited on: February 15, 2011 3:37 pm

Video from Braves camp

CBSSports.com's Scott Miller caught up with Braves third baseman Chipper Jones today and talked about the departure of Bobby Cox and how Jones' rehabilitation is going.

New Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez talks about taking over for Cox, and how he's using Cox in camp as a resource to help in the transition:

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: February 13, 2011 4:33 pm
Edited on: February 14, 2011 3:14 pm

Reports from reportings

Heath Bell With pitchers and catchers from nine teams reporting today, there's been plenty of news to report.

Here's a look around the league at some interesting tidbits:

• Padres closer Heath Bell, right, said he's surprised -- but happy -- he's still in San Diego. His agents are hoping for a multi-year deal with the team this spring. (MLB.com )

• Jered Weaver said he had "no hard feelings" toward the Angels after losing his arbitration case last week, but there are currently no talks about a long-term deal right now. (Los Angeles Times )

• Diamondbacks right fielder Justin Upton says he's glad he didn't get traded last season and wants to stay with the Diamondbacks long-term. (Arizona Republic )

• Here's a really good read, as Atlanta Journal-Constitution Braves beat writer David O'Brien goes on a motorcycle ride with new Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez, and the two talk motorcycles and managing following the ride on Super Bowl Sunday. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution )

• Padres manager Bud Black says in a Q&A that the team is more balanced this season than it was in 2010. (San Diego Union-Tribune )

• New Padres first baseman Brad Hawpe took a glove from former Rockies teammate Todd Helton to use at first base. (San Diego Union-Tribune )

• Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher had surgery to remove a cancerous nodule on his thyroid gland last Thursday. Butcher attended some of the team's meetings on Sunday and expects to be back full-time this week. (Orange County Register )

• Mariners closer David Aardsma hopes to be off crutches on Wednesday and maybe throwing a week or a week-and-a-half later. The Mariners closer hopes to return in April. (Seattle Times )

* The Mariners may be looking to add Chad Durbin to their bullpen. (FOXSports.com )

• The Indians see Orlando Cabrera as a "super utility" type, playing all around the infield. (Cleveland Plain Dealer )

• The Cubs and closer Carlos Marmol are expected to avoid arbitration and may announce a deal on Monday, the day before a hearing was scheduled. The Cubs offered $4.1 million and Marmol asked for $5.65 million. It's possible the two have reached a long-term deal. (MLB.com )

• Fans celebrate the 50th anniversary of Strat-O-Matic. (MLB.com )

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 13, 2010 12:16 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:02 am

Braves to announce Gonzalez today

Looks like the Braves may go ahead and tell everyone what they already know -- Fredi Gonzalez could be introduced as the successor to Bobby Cox today.

The Braves announced they've scheduled "a major announcement" for 2:15 p.m. Eastern today after Bobby Cox's already scheduled press conference.

UPDATE: David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution tweets the Braves will indeed announce Gonzalez at 2:15.

UPDATE: Surprising nobody, the Braves introduced Gonzalez as their manager.

Gonzalez told reporters he had no qualms about replacing Cox, "somebody's got to do it," he said .

As for his coaching staff, Terry Pendleton will stay and serve as the first-base coach and infield coordinator. Pitching coach Roger McDowell, third-base coach Brian Snitker and bullpen coach Eddie Perez will stay on with Gonzalez. First-base coach Glenn Hubbard and bench coach Chino Cadahia will not return. Gonzalez said he is "looking into" the hitting coach spot. Pendleton had been the team's hitting coach.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: October 12, 2010 5:49 pm
Edited on: October 12, 2010 9:32 pm

Report: Gonzalez to be next Braves skipper

Fredi Gonzalez See below for an update on the situation that has Gonzalez poised to become skipper of the Braves after speculation earlier today Gonzalez could be named prior to the World Series.

If anyone's plugged into the Braves, it's David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . O'Brien believes Fredi Gonzalez will be hired as the new manager of the Braves either just before or after the World Series.

In perhaps the worst-kept secret since the day Fredi Gonzalez was fired, this marriage was inevitable. Gonzalez was a longtime coach for the Braves before taking on the Marlins' managerial job. He received strong reviews from in the industry but seemed to be constantly fighting an uphill battle with management. Atlanta has refused to speak publicly about Gonzalez and the job, preferring to wait until after Bobby Cox's final game to begin finding a new manager.

That may not make sense, given how deep the Pirates, Blue Jays, Cubs and Mariners are in in their own managerial searches. But Atlanta can afford to wait: Gonzalez wants to replace Cox, and the Braves want that as well, as has constantly been reported. Fredi interviewed for the Cubs job, but no real traction has occurred on that front.

Commissioner Bud Selig prefers a moratorium on other events of baseball during postseason play, which is why O'Brien believes the announcement could happen just before or after the World Series, but not during. Given that the commissioner would likely prefer to keep the focus on the World Series following the Championship Series, the Braves will likely wait until after to tab Gonzalez.

Cox retired after 29 seasons in the dugout Monday night when the Braves were eliminated in Game 4 of the NLDS against the Giants.

UPDATE : Forget waiting for just before the World Series. The Braves are expected to announce Gonzalez' hiring as manager, reports FOX News 5 . O'Brien confirms that the official announcement will come Thursday, a day before the NLCS is slated to start.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: September 14, 2010 6:19 pm
Edited on: September 14, 2010 6:21 pm

Gonzalez nixes chance to interview for Cubs job

Fredi Gonzalez Cross one name off the Cubs' managerial search.

No, not Bob Melvin, who will interview for the post .

Recently deposed Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez declined the opportunity to interview, reports John Hickey of AOL Fanhouse. Hickey notes that the Braves are Gonzalez' preferred destination and doesn't want anything blocking his road to being Bobby Cox's successor, even though he may have been the favorite to succeed Lou Piniella.

Gonzalez has long been considered the eventual successor, but it looked for several years that Atlanta would have to look elsewhere thanks to Gonzalez taking Florida's job for the 2007 season. Despite being considered one of the better managers in the game, the Cuban native was fired after guiding the Marlins to a 34-36 record, which is right around their talent level.

Gonzalez had the unfortunate luck of working with a boss who is notoriously bad when it comes to allowing managers to do their job, and superstar Hanley Ramirez lashing out at Gonzalez for pulling him from a game and decreeing he had no respect for the manager -- and the front office didn't back up the man it picked to lead the team.

Not that Gonzalez will be left wanting: he may now get the dream job in Atlanta many in the game have thought he'd be perfect for.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: September 1, 2010 5:12 pm

Fredi Gonzalez may be at top of Cubs' list

Fredi Gonzalez Fredi Gonzalez is emerging as the leading candidate to be the Cubs' new manager, reports Gordon Wittenmeyer of the Chicago Sun-Times .

Gonzalez, fired by the Marlins earlier this year for no apparent reason, is a hot name around baseball who has also been heavily linked to the Braves to be Bobby Cox' successor.

Cubs general manager has placed a priority on major-league experiencing managing, which Gonzalez has. That stacks the deck against prohibitive favorite Ryne Sandberg, although he is certainly the most serious (and perhaps only) candidate without that experience Hendry will look at. Sandberg has spent the last four seasons managing in the minors with a goal of being a big-league manager one day.

One thing in Gonzalez's favor is that he and Hendry worked together in the Marlins organization previously, as well as Hendry coaching an opposing team of Gonzalez's back when Fredi played in high school. Gonzalez wouldn't confirm if he's expected to interview. Hendry has already interviewed former Indians skipper Eric Wedge and is in the process of interviewing Sandberg.

Hendry is also expected to interview current Cubs interim manager Mike Quade and Yankees manager Joe Girardi, unless New York extends Girardi's deal before Hendry can talk to him. He also has additional candidates to be manager, although its not known who is on the list. Bobby Valentine is one who has expressed interest in the job.

Hendry plans to name a manager by the organizational meetings which take place just after the World Series.

 -- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Posted on: August 26, 2010 9:16 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:31 pm

Wedge interviews for Cubs gig

Add Eric Wedge to the list of candidates for the open Chicago Cubs managerial position.

The Chicago Tribune reports Cubs general manager Jim Hendry had dinner with Wedge last night and spent all day with him today in a "thorough interview process."

Wedge becomes the second "known" candidate, along with interim manager Mike Quade. Ryne Sandberg, the Hall of Fame Cubs second baseman and current Triple-A manager, has thrown his name into the ring and it's assumed he'll be a candidate. Other names thought to be in contention are former Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez, Cubs broadcaster Bob Brenly, Yankees manager Joe Girardi and Nationals coach Pat Listach. Listach interviewed for the job in 2006, as did Girardi.

It's not surprising the Cubs are moving this fast on their decision, but still don't expect any final choice anytime soon. If Girardi is a legitimate candidate and if they do have real interest, he's unlikely to have much time before late October to go through a similar "thorough interview process."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: July 21, 2010 4:15 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 12:30 pm

Sandberg: 'I am ready'

Ryne Sandberg Ryne Sandberg is apparently not going to play coy. He wants to be the next manager of the Cubs.

Appearing on a radio show in Chicago, Sandberg did not mince words when asked whether he is prepared to take over when Lou Piniella retires at the end of the year. The Hall of Fame second baseman is managing the Cubs' Triple-A team.

"I am ready. I sure am. [After] four years of managing at the minor league level, I'm ready for a major league job, and I'm ready to win," Sandberg said. "The reason I went this route was to manage, not to coach.

"There is a lot to managing, and with almost four years under my belt, I believe I'm ready. I'm not interested in on-the-job learning or on-the-job training. At this point, I'm interested in winning ballgames at the major league level."

Given the disappointment surrounding the Cubs, and his legendary status among Cubs fans, Sandberg has to be considered the front-runner for the job. But general manager Jim Hendry told reporters Wednesday that he's not rushing into anything.

"One of the advantages of the way we're doing it, and with Lou announcing that he was going to retire, is that we're going to take our time," Hendry said. "This process is going to take a couple of months. ... It will be a long and very intense search. A lot of people will be considered."

A source told ESPNChicago.com that the Cubs will interview former Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez, who has a history with Hendry. Gonzalez has been rumored to be the favorite to replace the retiring Bobby Cox in Atlanta.

-- David Andriesen

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