Articles matching tag: Braves
- Column: Firing Braves Manager Fredi Gonzalez FutileMay 26, 2016
Baseball fans love to complain about their team’s manager, as if he is solely responsible for the success or failure of the team. Sometimes team management acts like the average fan, firing a manager when the move will have no effect on the success of the team. Such was the case with the recent firing of Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez after the team got off to a woeful 9-28 start to the season. The Braves had made it clear to everyone that they had no intention of competing in the National League East this year. Rather than spending money on proven Major League players when the team had virtually no chance to win the division, the Braves essentially conceded the season before it ever began. They traded away every frontline player save one, first baseman Freddie Freeman. Their goal was simple: Allow young players to gain experience in the Majors now and hope to be competitive next year when the team moves into a new stadium in suburban Atlanta.