Could fired Gonzalez be Cox’s successor?

CHICAGO – Speculation about Braves manager Bobby Cox’s successor went from simmer to boil on Wednesday after Fredi Gonzalez was fired as Marlins manager.

Meanwhile, Cox blasted Marlins ownership over the move.

“He called me a little before 8 this morning,” said Cox, whom Gonzalez called from the Marlins’ hotel shortly after the firing. “I was shocked. I know that guy [Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria] is unpredictable, but I was still [surprised]…. After everything he’s done for that guy, are you [kidding] me?”

A Cox protégé and former Braves third-base coach, Gonzalez has long been mentioned as a potential leading candidate to succeed the venerable Atlanta manager, who’s retiring after this season.

The Marlins fired Gonzalez with a year left on his contract. Florida was in fourth place in the National League East, 7-1/2 games behind the division-leading Braves.

Gonzalez, 46, had a 276-279 record in 3-1/2 seasons as Marlins manager. The team finished 87-75 in 2009 despite having the smallest player payroll in the major leagues. Florida’s payroll increased to $45 million this season, still only about half of the Braves’ middle-of-the-pack payroll.

“They’ve gone down to the end [competing for a playoff spot] every year, playing their asses off,” Cox said.  “That guy [Loria] doesn’t appreciate anything. He’s one of those guys that thinks you change [just for the sake of change]. He’s always wanting to fire the coaches. Always. That’s his history. He lost a good one there.”

Cox has announced he will retire at the end of the season, and general manager Frank Wren and other Braves officials have not given any indication whether they would prefer to fill the position in-house with a current Braves coach — Terry Pendleton or Eddie Perez are considered possibilities — or a manager from the Braves minor league system.

The Braves could  go outside the organization and hire a veteran manager or coach who would not be intimidated by replacing the iconic Cox.

They might also view Gonzalez as the best of both worlds, a relatively young manager who’s proven he can win and also has connections to many current Braves players and the front office.

“As I have said from the beginning of the season, we won’t comment on the manager situation till after Bobby has managed his last game with us,” Wren said in an e-mail Wednesday. “As it pertains to Fredi Gonzalez, in light of what happened this morning, we all have high regard for Fredi but we won’t have any further comment.”

Veteran third baseman Chipper Jones said hiring Gonzalez would go over well with Braves players.

“I think everybody in here would love to have Fredi back,” Jones said. “He coached third base here for a few years, learned a lot from Bobby. He knows how things work around here. All the guys love him. I think he’d be a great fit. In what capacity, that remains to be seen. But some puzzle pieces would certainly fit [if Gonzalez was hired].”

Jones said having some continuity would make for a smoother transition to the next manager.

“I think culture shock is the last thing you need when you’re talking about bringing in a new manager, a new regime,” he said. “Right down to the little things of how you run spring training, how the everyday atmosphere around the clubhouse is – all those things are very important.

“While I think someone would certainly want to put their stamp on the club, I think having someone come in after Bobby who has been here and knows the program, knows the guys, would be to our advantage. To have somebody who knows the ropes.”

Gonzalez was born in Cuba and raised in Miami. He and his wife and two teen-aged children liked Atlanta so much during his four years as coach, they bought a house in Marietta and made it their permanent residence.

During his years with the Marlins, Gonzalez’s family continued living in Atlanta and his children attended Atlanta schools. They still live in their Marietta home, not far from Braves pitching coach Roger McDowell.

Whatever went sour between Gonzalez and  Marlins ownership, no one connected with the Braves seemed to view it as a reflection on Gonzalez.

“We heard, just like everybody else in baseball, that the relationship between Fredi and ownership down there [wasn't good],” Jones said. “It’s unfortunate, because I don’t know if people down in Florida really knew how good a guy they had. I can’t imagine anybody every having a beef with Fredi. But it just goes to show you that no matter what you do, no matter what walk of life you’re in, you can not please everybody. And unfortunately, if you can’t please management, it doesn’t bode well for the longevity of your existence there….

“But one team’s loss is another team’s gain. Just a matter of who that’s going to be.”

196 comments Add your comment

AL HRABOSKY

June 23rd, 2010
2:35 pm

Hire him as a coach.

AL HRABOSKY

June 23rd, 2010
2:36 pm

northbeach Scott

June 23rd, 2010
2:36 pm

I have to believe that if Wren stays the course, that Fredi would be the preferred choice over Eddie Perez and TP (let’s all hope so, I am not sure I could bear this).

I suspect that Wren may take a different tact and select someone from outside the organization to establish his own mark on the team to distinguish him as his own man, not Schuerholz’s lackey.

Curious and Confused

June 23rd, 2010
2:39 pm

Gonzalez was my choice when Cox announced he was retiring. Now, he is available. TP has had mixed results I think in coaching. Perez has never been above a bullpen coach. I think Fredi is the best option. If not him, maybe look at Ned Yost. I like the idea of someone with ties to the Braves and managerial experience. Just please, not Jimy Williams!

fargoNDbrave

June 23rd, 2010
2:42 pm

northbeach I hope your wrong….but a legit theory

Bob in SF

June 23rd, 2010
2:44 pm

Give Fredi a job as a roving instructor, senior scout, whatever it takes to get him on the payroll. He will be an ideal candidate to succeed Bobby with continuity as well bringing success and experience to the table. Thanks Jeffry Loria!

Chip Caray

June 23rd, 2010
2:47 pm

Sorry Fredi, but I already have Bobby’s job in the bag, after he leaves.
I have done sent my resume in and everything.

Eddie

June 23rd, 2010
2:47 pm

Fredi should be the next manager…proven track record with a lesser team plus his ties to the team already

Gil In Mechanicsville

June 23rd, 2010
2:47 pm

The question now becomes when Fredi might be allow to talk to other teams. I have not heard what the conditions are on his severance or if there restrictions still in place. As for the Frank Wren stamp, well, there are still some guys in the front office ahead of him…

Melky way

June 23rd, 2010
2:48 pm

As I said before hire him as the Manager in waiting and give him any role that you like ,special assistant to FW,anything just put on the payroll,he is a good manager.

FSURob

June 23rd, 2010
2:48 pm

And the best part is that the Marlins may well hire Bobby Valentine. Way to torpedo your franchise Jeff Loria!

AL HRABOSKY

June 23rd, 2010
2:52 pm

I wish the Fish would hire Valentine. The only negative would be having to look at him when the Braves played Fla.

Braves82

June 23rd, 2010
2:54 pm

Bobby Valentine is a tool. He will further destroy the Marlins, which is what they deserve. Their owner is an IDIOT!!!

ChiTownBravesFan

June 23rd, 2010
2:54 pm

Would be a terrible choice. Extreme over-management every Marlins game I have ever watched.

Joey M

June 23rd, 2010
2:57 pm

I would prefer Joe Torre as the new manager. He knows how to manage in October.

Michael

June 23rd, 2010
2:59 pm

Haven’t seen anyone mention Torre at all. He will be w/o a job next year, at least worth mentioning him right?

UKUGA

June 23rd, 2010
3:00 pm

TampaBrave86

June 23rd, 2010
3:01 pm

I think its pretty obivously who the fans want. WE WANT FREDI!!! WE WANT FREDI!!!!! WE WANT FREDI!!!

Tim

June 23rd, 2010
3:01 pm

Ever heard of Ned Yost?

siskel_god

June 23rd, 2010
3:03 pm

Ozzie Guillen would be my choice

Braves82

June 23rd, 2010
3:03 pm

Yeah, I have heard of Ned Yost. He is trying to build the Braves’ of the midwest.

northbeach Scott (apparently also known as Scott the Southpark D*ck and Met's Hater)

June 23rd, 2010
3:04 pm

I believe Joe has earned the right and made enough bucks to hang them up. Also, he has been here and done that, so I would be surprised if Torre would want to come back to Atlanta.

Finally, after living the high life in NY and LA, not sure Atlanta would sound too attractive.

PaulieOldSchool

June 23rd, 2010
3:06 pm

I’m not sure Frank Wren will make the right call on the next manager. I’m for hiring Fredi now as a special coach of some sort, get him in so that he gets settled and then promote him after BC is gone.

Quint in ATL

June 23rd, 2010
3:06 pm

Great news for the Braves, I hope. I think Gonzalez would be a great coach. I know most of us pretty much think that TP is being groomed for the job, but Gonzalez should be given SERIOUS consideration to replace Cox.

Chip Caray

June 23rd, 2010
3:07 pm

What about me?

Alan 10

June 23rd, 2010
3:09 pm

Get Fredi in the system, we have already lost Yost and they have got to be the best options, if not we have Eddie Perez.

bulldog bubba

June 23rd, 2010
3:10 pm

Say NO to Torre!! Bring in Fredi now. We are developing a younger team and we need a younger coach who will relate to the younger players.Fredi has been greatly influenced by Bobby Cox and will carry on what Atlanta has accomplished.Go Braves!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Patrick

June 23rd, 2010
3:10 pm

Fredi should be the #1 candidate. He did great things with limited resources in Florida, and did good stuff with their pitching staff. And look at our pitching resources in the minors. Give Fredi that and we could be a great team.

No one can be better than Bobby though. I am absolutely convinced of that.

Braves73

June 23rd, 2010
3:10 pm

I think it would be wise to hire Fredi in some capacity before some other team gives him an offer he can’t refuse. He is exactly what the Braves need, he knows the organization, maximizes his limited resources, and manages the game fairly well. His history with the Braves is also huge, and his overall player development is a major plus (considering how much young talent this team has and will have).

What he accomplished in Miami was nothing short of miraculous. If you look at the buffoonery with that owner, you will see them for what they are…idiots…see Joe Girardi.

northbeach Scott (apparently also known as Scott the Southpark D*ck and Met's Hater)

June 23rd, 2010
3:11 pm

Perhaps Chip Caray could be hired to feed Bobby’s animial shelter dogs. He could relay the play by play to the pooches and then when he gets all whiggy over a routine fly ball and aggrevates the dogs they might gang up and finish him. I kinda like that idea.

GT Fan

June 23rd, 2010
3:11 pm

The other thing about Torre, do the Braves, who are currently building for what appears to be a bright future, really want to replace a retiring coach with one who’s probably only a few years away from retiring himself?

Personally, I think you would rather have a coach who is young enough that he could have a long successful run with the Braves, not basically come here for a last hurrah, and then you have to find another coach all over again.

Art Vandelay

June 23rd, 2010
3:11 pm

Joe Torre is in the same position as Bobby Cox — winding down a Hall of Fame career. Why would he be a good choice when he’s near retirement himself? If this were 1995, I’d agree that Torre should be considered, but the man is 70 years old.

Jim in AR

June 23rd, 2010
3:12 pm

Fredi would be a great choice!!!! Bring on Fredi!!!!

Braves Fan Since "80

June 23rd, 2010
3:12 pm

The Marlins fired the Yankees current skipper…..They may also be a training ground for managers

Chip Caray's Eyebrows

June 23rd, 2010
3:13 pm

Love the idea. He’s the best of both worlds, as DOB said. He would be comfortable enough not to be too intimidated by following Cox. He had success with far less payroll and talent. He seems to be a good guy too. Wren should offer a front office job as soon as Fredi is ready, and then you go from there after the season. Only problem is if they did do that, the writing is on the wall, which may not be the message Wren and Co. want to send (having the successor named). But if you let him dangle around, there is the possibility he goes somewhere else. Still, I think he wants this job, and the brass would be dumb not to want him.

GT Fan

June 23rd, 2010
3:17 pm

Good point, Braves Fan Since “80. How hilarious would it be if the Marlins’ previous 2 managers won the WS before they win it again?

It’d be everything Loria deserves.

bgvt

June 23rd, 2010
3:17 pm

Joe Torre — a great manager — but he turns 70 this summer. How many more years do you think he wants to manage? Unless he wanted to manage for several more years, why would he leave the Dodgers? I expect someone younger would make sense so that if the new manager can be part of long-run success rather than just being a stop-gap measure. (Not that Joe Torre would be a bad stop gap — I just don’t see why he would be interested.) Fredi, on the other hand, would almost certainly be interested. The Braves would be a big step up in terms of organizations that are willing to make investments in developing a winning team.

Chip Caray

June 23rd, 2010
3:17 pm

northbeach Scott@3:11pm…….How much do you think a job like that would pay? I got to buy a new clothes dryer, the wife burnt the old one up while I was on the road trip. I told her I would get the dirty clothes when I got back into town. She never listens.

BR-549

June 23rd, 2010
3:17 pm

Chip Caray, you sir are an imposter as the real Chip Caray could not be so brief in his blogs.

paw paw

June 23rd, 2010
3:18 pm

Yess he is our man . Lets grab him up now and get to the task early!

Jeff Schultz's Salt-and-Pepper Back Hair

June 23rd, 2010
3:19 pm

You did a great job with this subject, DOB.

Jeff Schultz just did a “Bill Buckner” with this topic.

“Whatta maroon!”

BR-549

June 23rd, 2010
3:19 pm

I bet Chip Caray’s turds are as long-winded as he is.

Quint in ATL

June 23rd, 2010
3:21 pm

Alan10, I agree with you about getting Fredi back int the system. He already has major league managerial experience that Pendleton and Eddie Perez do not have. I would love to Eddie move up to bench coach if this happens, but what about Snitker at 3rd. Any ideas about him? Does he stay at third or move into the dugout as bench coach?

Isn’t there an unwritten hierarchy among coaches and 3rd base is sort of next in authority to the manager?

Chip Caray

June 23rd, 2010
3:21 pm

BR-549…..If I was actually talking, I would be unstopable, but my fingers get tired and it hurts my head when my brain tries to tell them what to type.

mike jay

June 23rd, 2010
3:24 pm

Does working for Bobby Cox for a couple seasons make one a protegee’? I believe that’s all Freddie G. did.

Buzz

June 23rd, 2010
3:24 pm

It couldn’t have worked out better for the Braves. Gonzalez should be on the team payroll in some capacity by the end of the week.

At the end of the season, fire TP and promote Eddie Perez to dugout coach so he can be on camera more!

Corky Miller can be the bullpen coach.

BR-549

June 23rd, 2010
3:26 pm

Chip Caray, obviously your mouth is quicker than your fingers (or you brain). I watch every telecast. Give me more Ernie Jr!

BR-549

June 23rd, 2010
3:27 pm

Of course I’m speaking of the real Chip Caray

rico43

June 23rd, 2010
3:29 pm

Maybe I read it wrong, but did someone here suggest feeding Chip Caray to Bobby’s shelter dogs?

Dean

June 23rd, 2010
3:34 pm

The Braves would be FOOLS if they didn’t hire Gonzalez. Do it now…

mike jay

June 23rd, 2010
3:34 pm

Hiring him now would be bad. WE are in first place and playing great. We do not want to rock the boat as the message it owuld send to to TP and Eddie Perez would not be ideal. Freddie is not goign to be in a big hurry and sign to some other team. 1. he is still getting paid. 2. what other teams have a managerial openings right now? 3. Even during the off season who can offer a better situation than the Braves? The cupboard is going to be left loaded. FG will wait and explore all his options, if he does not than he is not nearlly as smart as somee of you think he is.

Chopper

June 23rd, 2010
3:34 pm

Buzz,

What is your problem? Fire TP. TP is the top candidate for replacing Cox. In case you guys have not been paying attention, TP has been the manager when Cox gets ejected and on one occassion when Cox missed a game for a wedding/graduation or something. I don’t think Fredi was ever given that responsibility when he was here. Not to mention that TP was a candidate for that Marlins job before Fredi was, but he declined to interview because he wants to be the manager in Atlanta. He was also a candidate in Washington and a potential successor to Tony LaRussa in St. Louis when he was close to leaving a couple years ago. With all due respect to Fredi, he has never been the type of managerial candidate that TP has been.

AL HRABOSKY

June 23rd, 2010
3:35 pm

rico43@329pm…..I don’t think you could feed Chip Caray to the dogs.
I think HAM makes dogs sick, if they eat to much of it.

ozzie

June 23rd, 2010
3:36 pm

Before you gift wrap the job for Fredi expect Wren to do a heavy duty screen and interview campaign.

Wren has shown zero interest in the Braves rear view mirror and wants to put his guys in key spots.

Hiring a new manager especially one to follow a guy like Bobby is not something to be taken lightly nor should we assume there will be any knee jerk reactions to Fredi being on the market.

I personally hope the go with a dark horse like a Don Mattingly or if they want someone will more mileage but not ancient a Gibson.

Don’t put blinders to all the great mgt or would be mgt talent out their today. Being the Braves next skipper is a sweet gig and there will be lots of competition for this spot.

To hand it to Fredi without lots of interviews and discussion would be foolish.

Expect Wren to work on this for a while folks.

Chip Caray

June 23rd, 2010
3:37 pm

I don’t think you are the real BR-549. either.

rock out with Cox out

June 23rd, 2010
3:39 pm

None of the people you mention in this article are qualified to be managers.

BR-549

June 23rd, 2010
3:42 pm

You got me Chip, my real name is Buck Owens. By the way, I can tell rico43 is a man with a brain.

BR-549

June 23rd, 2010
3:44 pm

But Al Hrabosky is right , there are some things a dog just won’t eat.

Tomahawk'n

June 23rd, 2010
3:45 pm

The Braves should have never fired Torre in the first place. Atlanta would have at least 5 World Series titles if Torre had managed the team — they were simply outmanaged by the Twins, Blue Jays (Cito Gaston for gosh sakes), Yankees (TORRE TWICE!). Torre would be a great choice, but, he, like Bobby Cox, is near the end of the line in managing.
My choice would be either of two proven winners — Fredi Gonzalez or Ned Yost. A no brainer!

Tomy Fournier

June 23rd, 2010
3:46 pm

Same teacher…same student..nothing change…Please…bring something diference…not the same…why Florida fire him…because did a good job…never happened!!!!

ks

June 23rd, 2010
3:49 pm

Glavine!!!!!!! Perfect temperment for a manager and a hell of a competitor.

Tomahawk'n

June 23rd, 2010
3:49 pm

I do agree with the sentiment that the Braves hire Fredi NOW in some capacity with the understanding that he’ll replace Bobby Cox at the end of the season.

Tomahawk'n

June 23rd, 2010
3:50 pm

Glavine would be a great pitching coach! Fredi or Ned should be their first hire!

Tomy Fournier

June 23rd, 2010
3:50 pm

Enter your comments here

ozzie

June 23rd, 2010
3:52 pm

Yost and Fredi have won what exactly? How many WS rings are they wearing as a former player, coach or manager?

I think none.

BR-549

June 23rd, 2010
3:53 pm

It is said that Chip Caray had an original thought once but it died of loneliness

Jeramy

June 23rd, 2010
3:53 pm

I think Ned Yost would be a good candidate.

BR-549

June 23rd, 2010
3:54 pm

rico43- on second thought you should apologize to Bobby’s shelter dogs

Melky way

June 23rd, 2010
3:58 pm

ozzie I agree with you that it is a top job and you want the best man,but you do not want someone like Lou Pinella who is so wrong for the job,not saying you want another clone of Booby Cox,but not the total opposite either.

Larry Drew

June 23rd, 2010
3:59 pm

Someone please tell Mark Bradley, to nominate me. If I’m gonna coach both the Thrashers and Hawks, why not go for the “Triple Crown”. Turn in a line-up, support your players, and get kicked out of the game. How hard can that be?

Melky way

June 23rd, 2010
4:00 pm

I did not mean to put booby that was typo.

ozzie

June 23rd, 2010
4:02 pm

Yost has a job. He is the manager of the Royals.

Wren just needs to stay objective and let the market of candidates come to him. He will have many options 2/3 of which we may never have thought of.

Fredi is a clearly a candidate (unless he takes a job somewhere else) but he is not a shoe in.

Jeramy

June 23rd, 2010
4:06 pm

Is Ned really the manager in KC?? I had no idea…

Chopper

June 23rd, 2010
4:08 pm

ATTENTION EVERYONE:

There won’t be a pitching coach change. Roger McDowell has done a nice job with this staff. Whether you think he’s good or not is irrelevant because unless he’s running the worst staff in the league, the Braves would not fire him just because they change managers. This isn’t football where they clean house with a HC changes. Specific coaches can be held over under different managers provided they can work together, and with the cordial Braves system they wouldn’t hire a manager who has trouble working with professionals.

And if there was going to be a new pitching coach, why would they give the job to someone who’s never coached before when one of the best pitching coaches ever lives in Atlanta and would love to have that job again? Hello…Leo?!?!?

Roy Hobbs

June 23rd, 2010
4:11 pm

Fredi Gonzalez would be my number one choice.

1. Fredi
2. Eddie Perez
3. Ned Yost
4. Brundage

I am sure there are people and names out there that I have not even considered, but I think Fredi would be a world class hire, and dont discount the fact that he and his family like the city of Atlanta. I am not talking about his ties to the team. I see real value in having a guy who is loyal to the city/area as your manager.

Manny

June 23rd, 2010
4:13 pm

I personally have no problem with any of them. I don’t think any of them will do a bad job. They’re all Bobby Cox’s proteges, and I think they all have learned what they need in order to be good coaches.

Roy Hobbs

June 23rd, 2010
4:14 pm

Ozzie, who, exactly, do you see as a prospective manager who has won a world series?

meh

June 23rd, 2010
4:18 pm

DOB for manager!!!

jasont13

June 23rd, 2010
4:19 pm

I think the job has already been given to TP. I’ve heard that there is a gentlmens agreement with TP and Frank Wren.

Atlantarama

June 23rd, 2010
4:20 pm

Forget Joe Torre. Torre will be retiring soon, himself, so he’d only be a temporary replacement. Gonzalez would be a great choice.

Yogi 2

June 23rd, 2010
4:22 pm

I don’t think TP should even be considered. He is not a good coach. Look at all the hitters that have regressed under his coaching. Eddie Perez is a decent bullpen catcher. The braves priority should be #1 Fredi Goonzalez and #2 Ned Yost. Both would be great replacements for Cox.
Maybe the braves can hire Freddy’s hitting coach too

Roy Hobbs

June 23rd, 2010
4:26 pm

Posted this on the other blog, but would Ozzie be a dark horse for the job? Great resume, Braves ties, and likely would jump at the chance, as his stay in Chicago has been rocky at best.

Just thinking out loud. I love Fredi for the job.

Chopper

June 23rd, 2010
4:31 pm

I guess I don’t understand the TP haters out there. The guy knows baseball. He played under two of the best managers in the last 30 years (Whitey Herzog – 2 world series wins and Bobby Cox) and he has been a coach under Cox for the last 10 years. And he’s the 2nd in command for Cox since Pat Corrales left. That tells me what I need to know, that Cox thinks he’s got manager skills.

GT Fan

June 23rd, 2010
4:31 pm

Roy, Ozzie would definitely be an interesting change from Bobby. I could see fans falling in and out of love with him on almost a weekly basis.

Yogi 2

June 23rd, 2010
4:32 pm

Hire Fredi now and let him work with player development so to evaluate all of the minor league talent, inluding minor league coaches and managers. Make Gonzalez assistant GM for the rest of the year. Would be very valuable before trade deadline, two heads are smarter than one

Chopper

June 23rd, 2010
4:33 pm

And furthermore, TP is just different enough from Cox to make all the people in Atlanta who’ve been stale on Cox happy. Meaning he’s more aggressive with in game strategy (steals, hit-n-run, bunting) and has a fiery tough streak.

Ella Jay

June 23rd, 2010
4:33 pm

Bring back Luman Harris

Braves One

June 23rd, 2010
4:33 pm

Because of the Braves’ questionable hitting at time over the last few seasons, Terry Pendleton would bring too much baggage, whether it was deserved or not. Fredi Gonzalez would have Braves connection, is an Atlanta resident and linked to the community, knows the Braves’ organization and many of its players. Fredi as manager, Roger McDowell as pitching coach and a replacement for TP as the hitting coach.

VP

June 23rd, 2010
4:35 pm

What is the hurry about bringing Fredi back into the system? He is going to be getting paid till the end of NEXT year by that bum Loria. He is going to kick back and enjoy the summer in Marietta. He knows he is a prime candidate in Atlanta. He is not going to take a job somewhere without at the least interviewing with the Braves.

Paddy

June 23rd, 2010
4:38 pm

Bobby Valentine, please!!!!!The only time he looks good is in the hotel lobby!

Paddy

June 23rd, 2010
4:39 pm

VP, well said.

bravesgrl4lifeeeeee

June 23rd, 2010
4:41 pm

Anybody looked at the pics from Bobby’s career on the AJC? Amazing how young he looked in 1995 compared to now. He’s aged a lot in 15 years.

stoned Mountain

June 23rd, 2010
4:42 pm

Yes, you got it right, Chopper. TP, a former all-star and MVP, has been in the game since 1984, and associated with the Braves since 1991. Knows the game, knows the organization and has been a good coach — as if that made a difference. Have never heard batting coach to top the resume of a manager candidate. Any way, Terry has his roots here, devoted to the team. Hire him.

Yogi 2

June 23rd, 2010
4:42 pm

The Marlins should hire Bobby Valentine,John Smoltz, Chip Caray and Terri Pendleton. THe Braves Should hire Fredi Gonzalez for manager and Don Sutton as pitching coach

Jo-Bu

June 23rd, 2010
4:50 pm

I wouldn’t mind seeing Chipper as the manager. Blast if you want but Chipper Jones has more acumen and baseball IQ than most people think.
I doubt it would happen without him managing at the minors first but I really think he could do it and do it very well.

bravesgrl4lifeeeeee

June 23rd, 2010
4:51 pm

Jo-Bue, that is true, but like DOB pointed out the other day, Chipper has mentioned spending more time with his family, so why would he take a lesser-paying position with the same amount of travel?

sam-rome-braves,fan

June 23rd, 2010
4:55 pm

Joe Torre,ooorrr DUSTY BAKER

nick.kitchens

June 23rd, 2010
4:55 pm

I’ll take the job, because at the end of the day the manager in the pros has very little responsibility on shoulders. Bobby has made two calls this years in two squeezes. At the end of the day the players are adults and the machine continues to roll. I think it is helpful to have someone in that chair that is respected by the players, but not mandatory. If the talent is there the team wins, if it isn’t they don’t. If I was hired today my first move would be to move KK to the pen, till he proves he can’t cut it there, and we send him packing with the huge price tag hanging over our head. I like the scrappy Conrad and can’t say enough about Glaus production, but we need to find long term pieces for those positions. If the Freddy kid is the answer lets get him up here late and work him in the rotation with Troy. As for JHey, have to drop him in the order. The pressure of batting at the top in his young career is proving to great and our philosophy on hitting in the eyes of TP is figure it out. I don’t see batter make adjustments, they don’t have an approach when they come to the plate. The exception to the rule is Prado, but you can see it is his own drive that has pushed him to excel, he is able to make adjustments in the same at bat, where a majority of our guys are purely swingers. So when it is good we love them, but when it goes south we trade them, i.e. Frenchy. (Who by chance has better numbers than JHey to this point). Don’t misinterpret that I see that JHey has the potential to outshine a majority the players in the game, but ultimately TP has to go and an active hitting coach has to come on board. But who are we kidding Upper Management will do what is safe. That limits the choices to TP, Fredi, and Yost. No chance we shake things up completely and go with a Maddon or me for that matter.

Jo-Bu

June 23rd, 2010
4:56 pm

Yeah, I know… Fun to dream, though. I do think that when Chipper retires, he’ll leave baseball perfectly content with a life outside of it for those very reasons.

Jo-Bu

June 23rd, 2010
4:59 pm

What’s sad about Chipper is that he’s going a though stretch at the end of his career. But make no mistake, the Braves really need him around in the clubhouse. Having a great baseball mind like his around plus his iconic stature is huge. But he’ll probably ride off into the sunset like all great players do.

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