Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon has opted out of his contract. Immediate speculation is that he will go to Los Angeles to reunite with Andrew Friedman, but all involved deny that is the case.
This is our most desperate hour. Help me, John Hart. You’re our only hope.
The Braves announced that manager and career screw up Fredi Gonzalez will return in 2015.
This has to be proof that the Atlanta front office cares about their fans. They are going ahead and giving up on next year right now so that fans can save themselves the mental anguish of watching and becoming emotionally invested.
Miss me yet?
Gonzalez already had his contact extended through 2015, so he was going to get paid anyway. but at least if he was fired, he wouldn’t be around to make things worse. But with this announcement, he gets paid, AND is still allowed to run the team into the ground. Getting paid and destroying any hopes for success seems like a little bit of a DP from Fredi…and I don’t mean a “double play”, if you know what I’m saying.
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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.