Braves Announce Fredi Gonzalez As Manager

Written by Colin on October 13, 2010 – 2:17 pm

Immediately following Bobby Cox’s farewell press conference today as manager, the Braves announced Fredi Gonzalez as their new manager.

Fredi Gonzalez was most recently manager of the Florida Marlins until being fired halfway through the season this year. In the past months, he’s turned down several managerial interview opportunities. Gonzalez is no stranger to the way the Braves run their ballclub as a former third base coach for the Braves under Bobby Cox.

Joining Gonzalez on the new coaching staff are Brian Snitker (third base) and Roger McDowell (pitching). Terry Pendleton will stay on the staff as first base coach. Eddie Perez (bullpen) will be returning as well. Carlos Tosca (who was with Fredi in Florida) will be the bench coach. Chino Cadahia and Glenn Hubbard have not been offered jobs within the organization. The organization continues to interview candidates for hitting coach.

While it’s sad that the season is over and tough to not think about Cox on the bench next year, I’m glad that Fredi has the gig. He understands the way the Braves’ organization is operated and what makes Atlanta different. He’s not afraid to call out players who aren’t working as hard as they need to be and though he’s not the perfect in-game strategician, nobody is going to be out of reach of the naysayers.

Bobby’s legacy will always be Jumping castles for sale in tact in Atlanta. He has been around seemingly forever and is certainly all I know of Atlanta Braves managers. Fredi has absolutely historically massive shoes to fill, without a doubt. While never the best at in-game strategy, Bobby was beyond loyal to his players. His positive approach and fatherly advice endeared him to his players and to Braves fans across the country.¬†We’ll never forget Bobby’s contribution to his players, the organization, the city of Atlanta, the game of baseball, and to each of our lives. And hell folks, let’s not remember that he’s still around as a consultant for the next five years.

That said: I, for one, welcome our new Fredi overlord.


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One Response to “Braves Announce Fredi Gonzalez As Manager”

  1. By Kain on Oct 15, 2010 | Reply

    Well of all the people we could have chosen for the job i do believe the Braves organization nailed it with getting Fredi Gonzalez as our new manager. I think we would all agree that no one will EVER be able to replace Bobby Cox, but Fredi knows the game well, and since he was once under Bobby Cox the way the Braves play will not be changed. I'm glad Terry Pendleton is sticking around to I'm not sure why he isnt still going to be the hitting coach, but first base coach will do. I agree that Fredi doesn't make the best calls when it comes to strategy, but like you said Bobby Cox wasn't the greatest at that either, but like Cox i think Fredi will be a great manger who truly cares for his players.

 


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