Fredi Gonzalez strikes again!
With runners on first and second and one out, Emilio Bonifacio was coming to the plate. But Fredi decided to pinch hit for Bonifacio to try and get the run in. Who did he use? The newly called up Joey Terdoslavich, who has a little power? No. Christhian Bethancourt, who has been hitting very well this season? No.
“So then I thought…Hey, Ramiro would be a great option to pinch hit here!”
He went with Ramiro Pena. He went from one light hitting , switch hitting middle infielder to a slower version of the same thing.
I was going to lay into him for not using Evan Gattis, but it appears Gattis is unavailable….again.
The question we all want to know…
Confused Fredi needs to be unemployed Fredi.
Sometimes you realize that an experiment has gone wrong, and you just need to end it. It seemed like there was great promise when it started, but then, as it progressed, you realized that it just wasn’t going to work out. You’ve seen it before: New Coke. Guns N’ Roses. Lindsay Lohan.
Started off with great promise….
That’s how a lot of Atlanta Braves fans feel now. Bobby Cox retired and had a hand in picking his successor, Fredi Gonzalez. Fredi has been pretty good, as far as baseball managers go. He’s made some clear and blatant bullpen usage errors, but what manager hasn’t? He’s run the wrong guys out there repeatedly at times, but what manager hasn’t tried to push through a guy’s struggles? Since taking over the Braves, Gonzalez is the winningest manager in baseball, so he’s obviously doing something right, right?
Fredi Gonzalez Bullpen Flow Chart, courtesy of the Twitterverse’s @Frediot
I mean…there’s worse out there. Fredi Gonzalez is a likable guy. He tries hard. He means well. But this just isn’t going to work. The time has come to Fire Fredi and move on, preferably with someone from outside the organization.