Fredi González was officially fired by the Atlanta Braves this morning after the team lost in Pittsburgh last night to bring their record down to 9-28. The game was the first of a four-game road series, and, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, González first found out something was up when he got an email…
It’s not easy managing a team as bereft of talent as the Atlanta Braves, so my first impulse is to feel bad for Fredi Gonzalez, who has steered his garbage team to an 0-7 start. But the Braves have been in some very winnable games, and Gonzalez hasn’t been doing much but tripping over his own feet in the early going.
Brewers pitcher Will Smith earned an ejection tonight from crew chief Jim Joyce after Braves skipper Fredi Gonzalez raised an objection over the existence of a foreign substance on Smith’s wrist.
Does this fall under one of baseball's unwritten rules, or were the Braves just grouchy while losing during Thursday's game against the Rockies?
Much criticism has landed on Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez since the Braves' miserable exit last night from the National League playoffs. Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel, the game's best reliever, was warm and ready in the bullpen, but Gonzalez says he never gave thought to bringing his closer in early.
Ramirez embarrassed his team by jogging after a ball. His manager returned the favor, benching him immediately thereafter. Ramirez spouted off to the press about it. We've got a problem here that can't be fixed by the usual news cycle.