Fredi González

Fredi Jesus González (born January 28, 1964) is a Cuban-born American baseball coach and manager. He is currently the third base coach for the Miami Marlins of Major League Baseball (MLB). 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.

Fredi González
Fredi González on July 29, 2014
González with the Atlanta Braves
Miami Marlins – No. 33
Manager / Coach
Born: January 28, 1964 (age 55)
Holguín, Cuba
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB statistics
(through May 17, 2016)
Games managed1,402
Win–loss record710–692
Winning %.506
Teams
As manager

As coach

Biography

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.[3]

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.[4] 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.[5][6] After the 2008 season, Gonzalez was named the Sporting News Manager of the Year.[7]

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.[8] 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.[9][10]

On October 13, 2010, González was officially named the new manager for the Atlanta Braves, succeeding the retiring Bobby Cox.[11]

Fredi Gonzalez in Sept 2014 Arlington TX
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, González was fired by the Braves on May 17.[12][13]

On November 7, 2016, the Miami Marlins hired González as their new third base coach.[14]

Managerial record

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:[15]

Personal life

Shortly after leaving the Braves, González moved to Malvern, Pennsylvania, to be with his fiancee.[16][17] He is now married to Patrica.[18][19] González has two children from a previous marriage with Pamela Miller,[3] Gabrielle and Alex.[1]

References

  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. ^ Healey, Tim (November 7, 2016). "Marlins to announce 2017 coaching staff Tuesday; Fredi Gonzalez expected to be among hires". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Berardino, Mike (October 9, 2006). "Fredi Was Ready". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  4. ^ "Fredi Gonzalez #33". MLB.com. Archived from the original on October 19, 2011.
  5. ^ "Gonzalez picked as NL All-Star coach". USA Today. Associated Press. June 29, 2007. Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  6. ^ Gorten, Steve (June 30, 2007). "Gonzalez to All-Star Game". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ Frisaro, Joe (June 23, 2010). "Players shocked by Gonzalez's dismissal". MLB.com. Major League Baseball Advanced Media. Retrieved June 25, 2010.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ Dodd, Mike (June 26, 2010). "Marlins fire Fredi Gonzalez; name Edwin Rodriguez interim manager". USA Today. Retrieved June 26, 2010.
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ "MLB-worst Braves fire manager Fredi Gonzalez". ESPN.com. May 18, 2016. Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  13. ^ O'Brien, David (May 17, 2016). "Braves fire Fredi Gonzalez as manager". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved January 4, 2017.
  14. ^ "Fredi returning to Marlins to be 3B coach". MLB.com. Retrieved December 13, 2016.
  15. ^ "Fredi González". Baseball Reference.com. Sports Reference. Archived from the original on April 18, 2014. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
  16. ^ Gelston, Dan (May 18, 2016). "Former Braves manager Gonzalez laughs off clumsy firing". Associated Press. Retrieved January 5, 2017.
  17. ^ "Fredi Gonzalez begins life after Braves". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. May 19, 2016. Retrieved June 6, 2016.
  18. ^ O'Brien, David (March 4, 2017). "Fired as Braves manager in May, Fredi returns as Marlins' third-base coach". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved September 29, 2018.
  19. ^ O'Brien, David (May 13, 2017). "A year after Braves fired him, Fredi Gonzalez in a 'good place'". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved September 29, 2018.

External links

1993 Florida Marlins season

The 1993 Florida Marlins season was the inaugural year for the team, part of the 1993 Major League Baseball expansion. Their manager was Rene Lachemann. They played home games at Joe Robbie Stadium. They finished 33 games behind the NL Champion Philadelphia Phillies, with a record of 64-98, sixth in the National League East, ahead of only the New York Mets.

2007 Florida Marlins season

The Florida Marlins' 2007 season was the 15th season for the Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise in the National League. It would begin with the team attempting to improve on their promising 78-84 record in 2006. Despite the success of the team under manager Joe Girardi, he was fired and replaced with Fredi González.

Marlins general manager Larry Beinfest said that the team's goal from the start of the season was to compete in the playoffs. However, failed to make the playoffs for the 4th consecutive season.The Marlins had two goals to address during the 2006 offseason: they needed a new closer because '06 closer Joe Borowski signed with the Cleveland Indians as a free agent, and the Marlins saw the need for a new center fielder. They had platooned Eric Reed, Reggie Abercrombie, Chris Aguila, Cody Ross, and Alfredo Amézaga in the position in 2006, with backup shortstop Amézaga making most of the starts at that position later in the season. The Marlins had added some new relief pitchers since 2006, trading Chris Resop to the Los Angeles Angels for Kevin Gregg and shipping prospects Jason Vargas and Adam Bostick to the New York Mets for Henry Owens and Matt Lindstrom. Lindstrom has been a closer during his time in the minors and has a fastball that reached 100 mph on radar guns in winter league play during the 2006 offseason. The Marlins saw much competition for their closer role, with Ricky Nolasco, Renyel Pinto, Mike Koplove, Gregg, Lindstrom, and Owens all candidates for the job. In April, newly acquired Jorge Julio was named closer, but on May 13, he was traded to the Colorado Rockies for Byung-hyun Kim.

The Marlins signed center fielder Alex Sánchez to a minor league deal in the offseason, who competed for the Marlins' center field job with Reed, Abercrombie, Ross, and Amézaga. Beinfest said that the Marlins tried to trade for a proven center fielder but were asked for too much in order to get one. However, Sánchez was released at the end of spring training and the starting role was handed to rookie Alejandro De Aza.

2008 Florida Marlins season

The Florida Marlins' 2008 season was the 16th season for the Major League Baseball franchise. Fredi González returned for his second season as manager. Despite having the lowest payroll in the Major Leagues, the Marlins finished with a record of 84–77, the 4th best record in franchise history, however, they failed to make the playoffs for the 5th consecutive season.

2009 Florida Marlins season

The 2009 Florida Marlins season was the 17th season for the Major League Baseball franchise. The Marlins played their home games at Sun Life Stadium. Fredi González returns for his third straight season as manager. At 87-75, 2009 had proved the third best season in Franchise History, the best non-playoff season and their last winning record as of 2018. However, they failed to make the playoffs for the 6th consecutive season.

2010 Florida Marlins season

The Florida Marlins' 2010 season was the 18th season for the Major League Baseball franchise. The Marlins played their home games at Sun Life Stadium. On June 23, 2010, Fredi González was fired as manager and replaced with Edwin Rodríguez. Roy Halladay of the Philadelphia Phillies threw the 20th perfect game in baseball history, and 2nd of the season, at Sun Life Stadium, on May 29, 2010. They failed to make the playoffs for the 7th consecutive season.

2011 Atlanta Braves season

The 2011 Atlanta Braves season was the Braves' 46th season in Atlanta, and the 141st overall. For the first time since the 1990 season, Bobby Cox did not manage the club, having retired following the 2010 season. He was succeeded by Fredi González, the former third-base coach for the Braves between 2003 and 2006. After entering the playoffs with their first franchise Wild Card berth in 2010, the Braves attempted to return to the postseason for a second consecutive season. Entering the final month of the regular season with a record of 80–55 and an ​8 1⁄2-game lead in the Wild Card standings, the Braves went 9–18 in September to finish the season with a record of 89–73. This September collapse caused the team to fall one game behind the St. Louis Cardinals in the Wild Card race after the final scheduled game of the season, which consequently eliminated them from postseason contention. On July 12, 2016, ESPN named the 2011 Braves collapse as the 25th worst collapse in sports history.

2012 National League Wild Card Game

The 2012 National League Wild Card Game was a play-in game during Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2012 postseason played between the National League's (NL) two wild card teams, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Atlanta Braves. It was held at Turner Field in Atlanta, on October 5, 2012, at 5:07 p.m. EDT. The Cardinals won by a 6–3 score and advanced to play the Washington Nationals in the NL Division Series. In addition to being the inaugural NL Wild Card Game, it is notable for being the final game of Chipper Jones's career, as well as for a controversial infield fly rule call made by umpire Sam Holbrook. The game was televised on TBS.

Atlanta Braves

The Atlanta Braves are an American professional baseball franchise based in the Atlanta metropolitan area. The franchise competes in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member of the National League (NL) East division. The Braves played home games at Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium from 1966 to 1996, and Turner Field from 1997 to 2016. Since 2017, their home stadium has been SunTrust Park, located 10 miles (16 km) northwest of downtown Atlanta in Cumberland, Georgia. The Braves play spring training games at CoolToday Park in North Port, Florida.The "Braves" name, which was first used in 1912, originates from a term for a Native American warrior. They are nicknamed "the Bravos", and often referred to as "America's Team" in reference to the team's games being broadcast on the nationally available TBS from the 1970s until 2007, giving the team a nationwide fan base.

From 1991 to 2005, the Braves were one of the most successful teams in baseball, winning division titles an unprecedented 14 consecutive times (omitting the strike-shortened 1994 season in which there were no official division champions), and producing one of the greatest pitching rotations in the history of baseball. Most notably, this rotation consisted of pitchers Greg Maddux, John Smoltz, and Tom Glavine. The Braves won the National League West division from 1991 to 1993, and after divisional realignment, the National League East division from 1995 to 2005. They returned to the playoffs as the National League Wild Card in 2010. The Braves advanced to the World Series five times in the 1990s (1991, 1992, 1995, 1996, and 1999), winning the title in 1995 against the Cleveland Indians. Since their debut in the National League in 1876, the franchise has won 18 divisional titles, 17 National League pennants, and three World Series championships — in 1914 as the Boston Braves, in 1957 as the Milwaukee Braves, and in 1995 as the Atlanta Braves. The Braves are the only Major League Baseball franchise to have won the World Series in three different home cities.

The Braves and the Chicago Cubs are the National League's two remaining charter franchises. The Braves were founded in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1871, as the Boston Red Stockings (not to be confused with the American League's Boston Red Sox). The team states it is "the oldest continuously operating professional sports franchise in America."After various name changes, the team eventually began operating as the Boston Braves, which lasted for most of the first half of the 20th century. Then, in 1953, the team moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and became the Milwaukee Braves, followed by the final move to Atlanta in 1966. The team's tenure in Atlanta is noted for Hank Aaron breaking Babe Ruth's career home run record in 1974.

Brian Snitker

Brian Gerald Snitker (born October 17, 1955) is an American professional baseball player, coach, and manager. He has served as the manager of the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball since 2016. Snitker has been in the Braves organization in different roles since becoming a minor league player in 1977.

Edwin Rodríguez (baseball)

Edwin Rodríguez Morales (born August 14, 1960) is a minor league manager for the El Paso Chihuahuas. He is the former manager of the Florida Marlins of Major League Baseball's National League. He also played Major League Baseball briefly in the early 1980s as an infielder.

Freddy Gonzalez

Freddy González may refer to:

Alfredo Cantu Gonzalez (1946–1968), United States Marine Corps sergeant, nicknamed "Freddy"

Alfredo Razon Gonzalez (born 1978), Filipino football player, nicknamed "Freddy"

Freddy González (born 1977), Venezuelan long-distance runner

Fredi González (born 1964), Cuban Major League baseball manager

Fredy González (born 1975), Colombian road racing cyclist

Fredi

Fredi may refer to:

Fredi (Valencian pilota) (born 1957), retired Valencian pilota professional player

Fredi Bobic (born 1971), German football striker

Fredi González (born 1964), Cuban current manager of the Atlanta Braves

Fredi Walker, American actress

Fredi Washington (1903-1994), African-American film actress

Fredi (singer), Finnish singer born Matti Kalevi Siitonen

Greg Gibson (umpire)

Gregory Allan Gibson (born October 2, 1968) is an umpire in Major League Baseball who has worked in the National League from 1997 to 1999 and throughout both major leagues since 2000. Throughout his career, he has worn the number 53 on his uniform.

Jim Presley

James Arthur Presley (born October 23, 1961) is a former Major League Baseball infielder with an eight-year career from 1984 to 1991. He played for the Seattle Mariners of the American League and the Atlanta Braves and San Diego Padres of the National League. He was primarily a third baseman but also saw some time playing first base. His nickname was "Hound Dog".

As a youth, he played baseball through the Dixie Youth association, first at Pensacola Brent then later Pensacola Myrtle Grove. He graduated from Escambia High School in 1978.

While playing for Seattle in 1986, Presley became only the second batter in Major League history to hit two walk-off grand slams in the same season, joining Cy Williams, who had done so in 1926. Also in 1986, Presley was named to the American League All-Star team after hitting .265 with 27 home runs and a career high 107 RBIs. Injuries began to derail his career a couple of years later, and by 1992 he had segued from playing to coaching.

On December 21, 2005 he was signed to be the hitting coach for the Florida Marlins. He was fired along with manager Fredi González and bench coach Carlos Tosca on June 23, 2010. He was replaced on an interim basis by John Mallee, who was the Marlins minor league hitting coordinator.

On October 8, 2010 Presley was inducted into the Escambia High School Sports Hall of Fame during halftime of an EHS football game along with former Dallas Cowboys Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith and a few other EHS alumni.

Presley joined the Baltimore Orioles as their hitting coach for the 2011 season.

List of Atlanta Braves managers

The Atlanta Braves are a professional baseball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. The Braves are members of the National League (NL) East division in Major League Baseball (MLB). Since the franchise started as the Boston Red Stockings (no relationship to the current Boston Red Sox team) in 1871, the team has changed its name several times and relocated twice. The Braves were a charter member of the NL in 1876 as the Boston Red Caps, and are one of the NL's two remaining charter franchises (the other being the Chicago Cubs). In baseball, the head coach of a team is called the manager, or more formally, the field manager. The duties of the team manager include team strategy and leadership on and off the field. The Braves franchise has employed 45 managers.The franchise's first manager was Hall of Famer Harry Wright, who managed the team for eleven seasons. Frank Selee was the next manager to have managed the team for eleven seasons, with a total of twelve with the formerly named Boston Beaneaters. The formerly named Boston Braves made their first postseason appearance under George Stallings in 1914, winning the World Series that year. Several other managers spent long tenures with the Braves. Bill McKechnie managed the Braves from 1930 to 1937, while Casey Stengel managed the team from 1938 to 1942. The franchise was known as the Boston Bees from 1936 to 1940, and was again named the Boston Braves until 1952. Stengel also managed the Braves in 1943.From 1943 to 1989, no managerial term lasted as long as five complete seasons. The Braves were managed by Billy Southworth from 1946 to 1949, and again from 1950 to 1951. Southworth led the team into the 1948 World Series, which ended the Braves' 34-year postseason drought; the World Series ended in a losing result for the Braves. In 1953, the team moved from Boston to Milwaukee, where it was known as the Milwaukee Braves. Its first manager in Milwaukee was Charlie Grimm, who managed the team from mid-season of 1952 to mid-season of 1956. Fred Haney took over the managerial position after Grimm, and led the team to the World Series in 1957, defeating the New York Yankees in a game seven to win the series.In 1966, the team moved from Milwaukee to its current location, Atlanta. Its first manager in Atlanta was Bobby Bragan, who managed the team for three seasons earlier in Milwaukee. Lum Harris was the first manager to have managed the team in Atlanta for more than four seasons. Harris led the team into the NL Championship Series (NLCS) in 1969, but failed to advance into the World Series. Joe Torre was the next manager to manage the Braves into the postseason, but like Harris, led the team into the NLCS with a losing result. Bobby Cox was the manager of the Braves from 1990 till 2010. Under his leadership the Braves made the postseason 15 times, winning five National League championships and one World Series title in 1995. Cox has the most regular season wins, regular season losses, postseason appearances, postseason wins and postseason losses of any Braves manager. He was named NL Manager of the Year three times, in 1991, 2004 and 2005.After Cox retired upon the conclusion of the 2010 season, Fredi González was hired to take over as manager.

Several managers have had multiple tenures with the Braves. John Morrill served three terms in the 1880s as the Braves manager, while Fred Tenney, Stengel, Bob Coleman, Southworth, Dave Bristol and Cox each served two terms. Ted Turner and Vern Benson's term each lasted only a single game, as they were both interim managers between Bristol's tenures.

List of Miami Marlins managers

The Miami Marlins are a professional Major League Baseball based in Miami, Florida. The Marlins are members of the National League East division in MLB, joining in 1993 as an expansion team. In baseball, the head coach of a team is called the manager, or more formally, the field manager. The duties of the team manager include team strategy and leadership on and off the field. The Marlins have employed 12 different managers since their founding as the Florida Marlins in 1993.

The Marlins' first manager was Rene Lachemann, who led the team from its creation in 1993 through part of the 1996 season. He has the most losses in franchise history with 285, and has the lowest winning percentage, with .437. After Cookie Rojas managed for one game, John Boles served as manager for the final 75 games of the 1996 season. Jim Leyland took over the franchise for the next two seasons, and in the process led the Marlins to their first World Series championship in 1997. In 1999, Boles took over and started his second stint as manager of the Marlins, which lasted until partway through the 2001 season. Tony Pérez was interim manager for the rest of 2001; Pérez is the only Miami Marlins manager who is a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, inducted as a player in 2000.Jeff Torborg took over as manager to start the 2002 season, and served for ​1 1⁄2 seasons. Jack McKeon took over and guided the franchise to their second World Series championship in 2003. He served until the end of the 2005 season, and was replaced by Joe Girardi, who was manager for one full season, in 2006. Fredi González took over from Girardi and managed the team from 2007 until partway through 2010; he is the current franchise leader in games managed (555) . Edwin Rodríguez managed the Marlins from 2010 to 2011, and after Brandon Hyde managed for one game, McKeon returned for a second stint as manager. After McKeon retired, Ozzie Guillén took over as manager of the Marlins for the 2012 season, the team's first as the Miami Marlins. Ozzie Guillén was fired on October 23, 2012 after finishing in last place.

Portland Sea Dogs

The Portland Sea Dogs are a Minor League Baseball team based in Portland, Maine, that currently plays in the Eastern League. Established in 1994, the Sea Dogs are the Double-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.

The Sea Dogs became part of the Red Sox system for the 2003 season; previously they were affiliated with the Florida Marlins. The change in affiliation brought success in the 2005 and 2006 seasons as the Sea Dogs went to the Eastern League championship series both years. They won their first-ever title on September 17, 2006, defeating the Akron Aeros, 8–5, in a rematch of the series from the previous year. It was the first Double-A championship for a Red Sox farm team since 1983 when they were based in New Britain, Connecticut.

Currently, all games are carried on a network of radio stations with Mike Antonellis providing the play-by-play, with the flagship WPEI and select TV games on NESN with Eric Frede play-by-play and former Red Sox relief pitcher Ken Ryan.

Tony Randazzo (umpire)

Anthony John Randazzo (born January 11, 1965) is an umpire in Major League Baseball. After working in the National League in 1999, he has umpired in both Major Leagues since 2000.

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
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