Fredi González

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Fredi González
Fredi González on July 29, 2014.jpg
Atlanta Braves – No. 33
Manager
Born: (1964-01-28) January 28, 1964 (age 50)
Holguín, Cuba
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Career statistics
(through April 9, 2014)
Games managed 1,049
Win–loss record 560–489
Winning % .534
Teams

Fredi Jesus González (born January 28, 1964) is the current manager of the Atlanta Braves in Major League Baseball. Gonzalez is also the former manager of the Florida Marlins 2007–2010. For the four years prior to 2007, he was third base coach for the Atlanta Braves. Gonzalez barely missed the playoffs in his first season as manager in 2011, and guided the Braves to the postseason in 2012 and 2013.

Biography[edit]

Gonzalez was born in Holguín, Cuba to Fredi and Caridad González.[1] He grew up in Miami, Florida, where he attended Southridge High School.[2] He was signed by the New York Yankees after being their 16th selection in the 1982 amateur draft. He spent six years as a catcher in the Yankees farm system, though never advancing above the AA level. After two years as a graduate assistant coach for the University of Tennessee Volunteers he began his managerial career in 1990, taking over the Miami Miracle of the Florida State League.

González continued with the Miracle into 1991 until he joined the Florida Marlins organization in 1992. He was chosen to be the first coach to instruct the first Marlins prospects of the franchise assigned to the Erie Sailors minor league team. González coached throughout the Marlins organization, including a 1997 stop as manager of the Portland Sea Dogs, the AA Eastern League affiliate of the Marlins; he managed the Sea Dogs to a first-place finish in the Eastern League's Northern Division, with a record of 79–63. He moved to the big league club in 1999 as third base coach for the 1999 and 2000 seasons.

After leaving the Marlins, González spent 2002 with the Braves' Richmond affiliate, and moved up to the major league Atlanta club early in the 2003 season.[3] On October 3, 2006, González was named the manager of the Florida Marlins within hours of Joe Girardi being fired. González was named as a coach for the 2007 NL All-Star Team, replacing Willie Randolph who was undergoing shoulder surgery.

After a victory against the St. Louis Cardinals in 2010, González had won more games than any other manager in Marlins history. On 23 June 2010, González was fired as Marlins manager.[4] González led the Marlins to winning seasons in 2008 and 2009, despite working with the lowest payroll in the Major Leagues. The Marlins decided to replace González with Edwin Rodriguez as the interim manager.[5][6]

On October 13, 2010, González was officially named the new manager for the Atlanta Braves, succeeding the retiring Bobby Cox.[7]

González in 2014

On October 5, 2012, González managed his first postseason game as a Major League manager. It was a 6-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2012 National League Wild Card Game at Turner Field. González put this game under protest after the Infield Fly Rule was called by umpire Sam Holbrook on a ball that fell in shallow Left Field in the bottom of the eighth inning. González earned his first Major League Postseason win on October 4, 2013 in a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Turner Field in Game 2 of the National League Division Series.

Managerial record[edit]

As of December 18, 2014
Team From To Regular season record Post–season record
W L Win % W L Win %
Florida Marlins 2007 2010 276 279 .497
Atlanta Braves 2011 Present 358 290 .552 1 4 .200
Total 634 569 .527 1 4 .200
Reference: [8]

Honors[edit]

After the 2008 season, Gonzalez was named the The Sporting News Manager of the Year.[9]

Personal life[edit]

González currently lives in Marietta, Georgia with his wife Pamela, with whom he has two children, Gabrielle and Alex.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Hyde, Dave (April 3, 2007). "Gonzalez Family Sacrifices Pay Off". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved April 24, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Spartan Alumni". Spartan-baseball.com. Retrieved 2009-01-30. 
  3. ^ Fredi Gonzalez #33
  4. ^ Frisaro, Joe (2010-06-23). "Players shocked by Gonzalez's dismissal". MLB.com (Major League Baseball Advanced Media). Retrieved 2010-06-25. 
  5. ^ Capozzi, Joe (June 23, 2010). "Florida Marlins fire manager Fredi Gonzalez". The Palm Beach Post. Retrieved January 27, 2011. 
  6. ^ Dodd, Mike (2010-06-23). "Marlins fire Fredi Gonzalez; name Edwin Rodriguez interim manager". USA Today. Retrieved 2010-06-25. 
  7. ^ Bowman, Mark (October 13, 2010). "Braves act quickly, name Gonzalez skipper". Atlanta Braves, MLB.com (Major League Baseball Advanced Media). Retrieved January 27, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Fredi González". Baseball Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  9. ^ Rodriguez, Jaun C. (October 24, 2008). "Gonzalez earns 'Sporting News' award". Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved April 24, 2014. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Mike Easler
Miami Miracle Manager
1990–1991
Succeeded by
last manager
Preceded by
Barry Moss
Erie Sailors Manager
1992
Succeeded by
Doug Sisson
Preceded by
Bryan Little
High Desert Mavericks Manager
1993
Succeeded by
Phil Hannon
Preceded by
first manager
Brevard County Manatees Manager
1994–1996
Succeeded by
Lorenzo Bundy
Preceded by
Carlos Tosca
Portland Sea Dogs Manager
1997
Succeeded by
Lynn Jones
Preceded by
Carlos Tosca
Charlotte Knights Manager
1998
Succeeded by
Tom Spencer
Preceded by
Rich Donnelly
Florida Marlins Third Base Coach
1999–2001
Succeeded by
Ozzie Guillén
Preceded by
Carlos Tosca
Richmond Braves Manager
2002
Succeeded by
Pat Kelly
Preceded by
Ned Yost
Atlanta Braves Third Base Coach
2003–2006
Succeeded by
Brian Snitker