Fredi González

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Fredi González
Fredi González on July 29, 2014.jpg
González with the Atlanta Braves
Miami Marlins
Manager / Coach
Born: (1964-01-28) January 28, 1964 (age 52)
Holguín, Cuba
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB statistics
(through May 17, 2016)
Games managed 1,402
Win–loss record 710–692
Winning % .506
Teams

As manager

As coach

Fredi Jesus González (born January 28, 1964) is a former professional baseball player and Major League Baseball manager. He is currently the third base coach for the Miami Marlins. He managed the Florida Marlins from 2007 to 2010 and the Atlanta Braves from 2011 to 2016. González was fired from both managing positions. For four seasons prior to 2007, he was the third base coach for the Atlanta Braves. Despite never reaching the playoffs with Florida, González nearly led the Braves to a playoff berth in his first season as manager in 2011. He then 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.[citation needed] After the 2008 season, Gonzalez was named the The Sporting News Manager of the Year.[4]

After a victory against the St. Louis Cardinals in 2010, González had won more games than any other manager in Marlins history. On June 23, 2010, González was fired as Marlins manager.[5] 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.[6][7]

On October 13, 2010, González was officially named the new manager for the Atlanta Braves, succeeding the retiring Bobby Cox.[8]

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.

After a 9–28 start in 2016, Gonzalez was fired by the Braves on May 17.[9]

On Nov 6, 2016, The Miami Marlins have hired Fredi Gonzalez as their new third base coach, according to a report by FanRag Sports.[citation needed]

Managerial record[edit]

As of May 16, 2016
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 2016 434 413 .512 1 4 .200
Total 710 692 .506 1 4 .200
Reference:[10]

Personal life[edit]

González is moving to Malvern, Pennsylvania to be with fiancee.[11] 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. Archived from the original on April 24, 2014. Retrieved April 24, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Spartan Alumni". Spartan-baseball.com. Archived from the original on March 3, 2009. Retrieved January 30, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Fredi Gonzalez #33". MLB.com. Archived from the original on October 19, 2011. 
  4. ^ Rodriguez, Jaun C. (October 24, 2008). "Gonzalez earns 'Sporting News' award". Sun-Sentinel. Archived from the original on April 24, 2014. Retrieved April 24, 2014. 
  5. ^ Frisaro, Joe (June 23, 2010). "Players shocked by Gonzalez's dismissal". MLB.com. Major League Baseball Advanced Media. Retrieved June 25, 2010. 
  6. ^ Capozzi, Joe (June 23, 2010). "Florida Marlins fire manager Fredi Gonzalez". The Palm Beach Post. Archived from the original on June 9, 2011. Retrieved January 27, 2011. 
  7. ^ Dodd, Mike (June 26, 2010). "Marlins fire Fredi Gonzalez; name Edwin Rodriguez interim manager". USA Today. Retrieved June 26, 2010. 
  8. ^ Bowman, Mark (October 13, 2010). "Braves act quickly, name Gonzalez skipper". Atlanta Braves, MLB.com. Major League Baseball Advanced Media. Archived from the original on June 16, 2011. Retrieved January 27, 2011. 
  9. ^ http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_/id/15574674/atlanta-braves-fire-manager-fredi-gonzalez-9-28-start
  10. ^ "Fredi González". Baseball Reference.com. Sports Reference. Archived from the original on April 18, 2014. Retrieved December 18, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Fredi Gonzalez begins life after Braves". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. May 19, 2016. Retrieved 6 June 2016. 

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
Preceded by
Lenny Harris
Miami Marlins Third Base Coach
2017–
Succeeded by