Gonzalez: Braves coaching staff will return intact

There was barely time to speculate about potential changes before Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Thursday that his entire coaching staff would return.

Only 12 hours after his team’s season – and its playoff hopes — ended abruptly with a 13-inning loss to Philadelphia, Gonzalez said he has asked back all his coaches for 2012.

“Everybody is coming back,” said Gonzalez, whose Braves went 9-18 in September and lost their last five to finish one game behind St. Louis in the wild-card standings. “I invited them back and they all accepted, which is good. We’ve got a good staff.”

Some figured that first-year hitting coach Larry Parrish might be fired in light of the Braves’ dismal hitting in September and lackluster offensive performance throughout a season that ended badly. Often teams in similar situations sometimes fire a coach to send a message.

“I don’t believe in that,” Gonzalez said. “I think if you hire people, let them do their job. If they’re organized, detailed, and they work… You’re right, it’s easy to fire somebody and throw somebody to the wolves. That’s not the way I work.

“You want coaches to be able to come in here and work in a good environment and not be looking over their shoulders worried about that kind of stuff.”

Atlanta ranked 26th in the major leagues in batting average (.243) and on-base percentage (.308), after finishing fourth in the majors in OBP (.339) in 2010 under former hitting coach Terry Pendleton, who now serves as first-base coach and infield instructor.

The Braves hit .205 with 31 runs while going 3-9 in their last 12 games, and had a .195 average with runners in scoring position for the month of September.

“I’m sure that L.P. [Parrish] will sit back and evaluate some things, maybe do some things different, like we all will,” Gonzalez said.

Parrish and bench coach Carlos Tosca were the only new coaches hired last fall after Gonzalez signed a three-year contract to replace retired manager Bobby Cox.

Still on the staff from the Cox regime are pitching coach Roger McDowell, Pendleton (switched to first-base coach last fall), third-base coach Brian Snitker and bullpen coach Eddie Perez.

359 comments Add your comment

Freefall: Over

September 29th, 2011
4:51 pm

lol
what a fantastic start to the offseason…

DHD

September 29th, 2011
4:52 pm

I agree. Too early to make changes. We need Heyward to step it up, make a deal for a left fielder bopper and we’re good to go.

Reid in EAV

September 29th, 2011
4:53 pm

FIRE LARRY PARRISH!

ChopAttack

September 29th, 2011
4:54 pm

I like Fredi. I don’t blame him for the meltdown, but this is crazy talk. The offense went from leading the NL in OBP to being one of the worst hitting teams in baseball. What exactly is Parrish bring to the table?

Tom S.

September 29th, 2011
4:55 pm

Really? Fredi, I’m glad that everybody feels comfortable there on your coaching staff. That is very important.

Even if our teams sucks and under-performs. Glad to know everybody is all comfy.

Here’s hoping your ass is all comfy on a couch this time next year after being axed. You suck.

Freefall: Over

September 29th, 2011
4:55 pm

larry parrish needs to go…
everyone else can stay.

apparently there’s speculation in heyward possibly being moved? according to buster olney and Bill Shanks confirmed it

South Georgia Boy

September 29th, 2011
4:58 pm

I think Freddi is about to hear some very unkind comments after this announcement. Watcha think?

Piedmont Blues

September 29th, 2011
4:58 pm

If the staff stays intact, then mark my words: The 2012 Braves will be much like 2011 — plenty of pitching to keep the games close but not enough offense to put them in the postseason.

Fire Fredi

September 29th, 2011
4:58 pm

Since neither he nor any of the other coaches are getting the axe, I’m firing myself. I refuse to support a Fredi Gonzalez team with my time and money. I’ll see everyone at the Ted after Fredi is fired.

Henry D.

September 29th, 2011
4:59 pm

Unbelievable! He’s a bigger idiot than I first thought.

SeaAtl

September 29th, 2011
5:00 pm

Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is the definition of…….what, again?

If I was Larry Parrish

September 29th, 2011
5:00 pm

If I were Larry Parrish, I would not want to show my face in Atlanta again……All Braves fans need to bring rotten tomatoes and eggs to the ball park next year and clobber Larry Parrish with them the moment he shows his face coming out of the dugout! And while you are at it, save a bunch of them for that worthless ZERO – Jason Heyward…..if we are lucky they will trade him in the off season for a few bats and some balls……WORTHLESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Disappointed in Duluth

September 29th, 2011
5:01 pm

I think this news may be worse than what happened yesterday.

Piedmont Blues

September 29th, 2011
5:01 pm

The concerns are that they’ll trade Heyward for next to nothing and he’ll go to a club that can help a young player learn to make adjustments. Or that the guys who really took a step backward this year (Heyward, Bourn, and Prado) will keep regressing and won’t recover until after FG and LP are gone.

J-Man

September 29th, 2011
5:05 pm

Fire Fredi!!!!!!!!!!

bruce

September 29th, 2011
5:05 pm

wonder if angry fans ever played and lost a meaningful championship game, felt that agony. My guess is no, but they got trophy for finishing 8th, now they feel entitled.

southern hope

September 29th, 2011
5:07 pm

I’m not a cursing woman but GD this makes me mad!!!!

They can’t even evaulate for 24 fr’ggn hours! They already know….before even 1 day has passed…that everything is absolutely great!!! In Boston, they are looking at the coaching staff from top to bottom…and that includes the manager himself…and all players.

But here, no problem…maybe we’ll add a pitcher…lalalalal….they are living in fantasy land and have no idea how many of us are *sickened* by what has happened to this season. It’s a slap to our (collective) faces that they aren’t going through at least the *illusion* of taking a tough look at the future.

I’m over this team.

Joe Maddon

September 29th, 2011
5:09 pm

This Gonzalez guy doesn’t have a clue. SMH… You fans deserve better but it seems like a good ol boy system in place in that front office of yours. I offer you a chance to root for the Rays the rest of this season! My guys are about to shock the world!

TROP’ IT LIKE IT’S HOT!

J-Man

September 29th, 2011
5:09 pm

No intensity, no fire and no BALLS. Its just like the fable of the Tortise and the Hare where we had a huge lead and took it easy and had no drive and allowed the slow and steady Cardinals catch and pass us and all Fredi said during this was “Tip your cap” and kept pitching Derek BLOWE. Pathetic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Chaz

September 29th, 2011
5:11 pm

Thanks for letting me know the name of the Braves hitting coach. Since his hiring I’ve heard nothing about this guy and obviously the players didn’t hear a lot from him either. I’m not about firing a manager after one year, but if Fredi can’t make his presence known he shouldn’t last the year in 2012. He was an empty uniform all September.

choozer

September 29th, 2011
5:14 pm

Really foolish PR to not even address their lousy, incompetent offense. It’s not just OBP and avg. but they were next to last in the majors in even sacrifice flies? Their fundamentals at the plate were pitiful. And all he mentions is we might add some more pitching? Thanks for saving me a lot of time I won’t need to waste in 2012.

Jeff

September 29th, 2011
5:15 pm

I am done supporting the Braves till Fredi is fired, he’s a very bad manager and proved it once again last night in the biggest game of the season. Of course I am still hoping Fredi is fired this off-season but won’t be surprised if nothing is done. We’ll miss the playoffs again next season if he and his staff stays.

kevkat

September 29th, 2011
5:17 pm

Wonder would Bobby consider returning?

49YRBraves Fan

September 29th, 2011
5:19 pm

Fredi can say anything he wants.. I want to hear it from Frank Wren. I think the GM has to do something here for this poor performance. FG and Parrish need to go.

wolf

September 29th, 2011
5:20 pm

What Fredi SHOULD have said last night: “I am disappointed, angry, and depressed at the way the team played in September. A lot of GOOD things happened during the season, a lot of excellent performances. HOWEVER, when a team blows such a big lead and plays so badly for an entire month, it is embarrassing. As the manager, I am embarrassed at the way we played, going 9-18. As manager, I take a lot of ther blame, and I know I made some mistakes. But EVERY player on the roster should also be depressed and embarrassed by the way we finished the season, by the times we didn’t get down a bunt, didn’t move a runner over, didn’t make contact when any contact would have meant a run, put people on base with walks, didn’t make a pitch at a key moment, didn’t make a play in the field, made a bad base-running decision. All players do this at times during a season, but we did it WAY too often over the last month. I hope the players remember this, think about it some during the winter, become determined to make some improvements in 2012. I hope they remember theb GOOD things that happened but also remember the times we couold ahd should have done better as professional athletes.”

bronkelliott

September 29th, 2011
5:20 pm

This fool Freddi is like country club owner surrounded by yes people who know nothing about the sport but keep on batting him on the back saying “everything’s just fine Freddi, don’t worry about a thing.” In this economy Freddin knows he will not be given another major league job after putting this year on their resumes!

X fan after 45 years

September 29th, 2011
5:21 pm

That is the worse BS I”ve ever heard about Braves..Fredi is one stupid DA mgr.BUT FRANK WREN is the one that hired his a@@..Fire Wren and Fredi….and don’t go to games.

GT Alum

September 29th, 2011
5:22 pm

The disappointing thing is Fredi’s cooments sound like those of someone who’s come to accept coming up short. I think he got used to losing while he was manager in Florida.

Fredi Gonzalez

September 29th, 2011
5:22 pm

Hey I know that many of you think I have no fire and I say the same thing “Tip your cap”, but its a tough job and you have to deal with many personalities “Tip your cap”. Also, St. Louis played hard ,”Tip your cap”. I also had a pitcher that once had post-season sucess but has had a rough patch “Tip your cap”. Many say I blew up my young relievers but we had some bad luck “Tip your cap”. I want to apologize to all Braves fans for “Tip your cap” “Tip your cap” “Tip your cap” “Tip your cap” “Tip your cap” “Tip your cap” “Tip your cap” “Tip your cap” “Tip your cap” “Tip your cap” “Tip your cap”…………..ERROR ERROR ERROR……….Initiation of self destruct sequence ……10…….9…….8……7……6……5…..4…..3…..2……1…………………KA-BOOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
End of Season

JimK

September 29th, 2011
5:23 pm

Outrageous!!!

Fire Fredi and Parish immediately, or watch season ticket pre-sales drop.

Who the hell told this guy that he had the right to make 2012 plans by himself?

BosnianBaller

September 29th, 2011
5:24 pm

Way to give the people what they want Fredi.Don’t worry after we miss the playoffs next year and lose 90 games you and your whole crappy stafff with the exception of Roger will be looking for a job.

jb

September 29th, 2011
5:25 pm

Braves fans need to rise up and let management hear your voice.. although we know they do give a damn what fans want are say.

Freddie t

September 29th, 2011
5:26 pm

Dumb GM blew it for the Brave by not trading for Hunter Pense, who is now the best player on the Phillies.

this guy

September 29th, 2011
5:26 pm

what did leo mazonne have to say on the radio this morning i wonder?
“well, you’ve got to tip your cap to those minor leaguers we faced later in the game. they really brought their A game.”

Rufio

September 29th, 2011
5:26 pm

And the hits just keep on hitting……….or should I say the lack of hits. I felt like I was watching the Eddie Haas era all over again last night. Thank Goodness Philadelphia showed mercy and put the Braves out of their misery last night. They did not deserve to go to the playoffs the way they finished the season.

In the first inning they played ABC baseball and then they forgot all about it for the rest of the night. I blame Fredi for that. Many a good manager influences the game by the moves they make in it. Fredi looks like a fan with a great seat.

Larry Parrish should have resigned out of shame for the job he did.

southern hope

September 29th, 2011
5:27 pm

wolf at 5:20. I 100% agree with you.

Also, I’m getting angrier and angrier as I sit here…so he didn’t want to cause any of his $200,000 coaches any *anxiety* that the greatest collapse in sports history might have an impact on their careers going forward? Are you f’ kiddin me? I can’t believe I’m saying this (because I’m a mild-mannered person) but I would fire Fredi’s butt…ask for the resignations of everyone else and have the new coach decide who to hire back.

fred

September 29th, 2011
5:28 pm

Braves can go to he*#, if they keep Fredi and that God sorry staff.

Kimbrel rocks

September 29th, 2011
5:28 pm

just when you think fredi couldn’t make this worse…i will not spend another dime on tickets until changes are made. not doing it.

WeBurn

September 29th, 2011
5:28 pm

So we just had one of the worst collapses EVER, and everyone gets to keep their job? Terrible decision. We’ll be mocked in the national media for this.

Largo

September 29th, 2011
5:29 pm

“I invited them back and they all accepted, which is good. We’ve got a good staff.” If the coaches are so good then the manager and the players must be the problem and you can’t fire the players. So, what we’ll have here is a continuation of this year into 2012. Wow. . .that sure is something to look forward to!

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

September 29th, 2011
5:29 pm

Braves new theme song: Wake Me Up When September Ends by Green Day

hawesg

September 29th, 2011
5:30 pm

Wow, that’s pathetic. EVERY SINGLE BRAVES PLAYER UNDERPERFORMED THEIR CAREER AVERAGES. EVERY SINGLE ONE!

As for Heyward, stupid fans who can’t tell batting average from OBP should just shut up. Heyward posted a .375 OBP in September, better than Chipper, better than Uggla, better than McCann. It’s not his fault Fredi puts him in the 8 hole or benches him.

In fact, people hating on Heyward are stupid enough to be the next Braves hitting coach.

Really?

September 29th, 2011
5:30 pm

You got to be kidding? Really? The whole staff? Decision within 24h of the end of the season? I’d fire Freddi just for that? No analysis? No thought? Really? Really? I’d fire Freddi for that decision alone. The collapse was biblical. The post hoc analysis, superficial. Unbelievable. So much for my season tickets. I quit. I hope others follow. I have no trouble following a losing team that has some insight into what is wrong and what realistically can be done. Hire them all back a week later after consideration and evaluation? Sure. But on the fly. That’s it. I was here in 1988 until now. This is the most mismanaged team of them all. You can’t sit pat even if it isn’t the managerial staff that is at fault without, at the very least, some analysis and time to consider what has happened? Hire them all back? Really? Really?

Rey

September 29th, 2011
5:30 pm

Larry Jones
Larry Parrish
Derek Lowe

ALL NEED TO GO!

Braves Oldie

September 29th, 2011
5:32 pm

Been a Braves fan for 35 years. I’m done. What a freakin joke from the top down. This team showed absolutely no heart outside of Hudson, biggest choke artists in MLB history. Only offensive players I would keep are Freeman, McCann, Uggla, Bourn, and Heyward. McCann is a over-rated hitter imo.

Freddie G is not a major league manager, heck the Marlins fired his sorry butt.

WHO DAT BRAVE FAN

September 29th, 2011
5:32 pm

It’s sad when a manager says that everyone of the coaches will be back after the way they played this season. There should be some time taken to evaluate the hitting coach if not the whole staff. I am in agreement that Fredi doesn”‘t have a clue. Maybe we should keep the coaches and fire the manager, then maybe someone else will have the insight to say that something is seriously wrong with this team.

Matt

September 29th, 2011
5:32 pm

39 comments all saying the say damn thing WHAT THE HELL? i hope the braves Upper management is looking at the responses. I Hope at least one of you guys or ladies are big CEOs in Atlanta that are corporate sponsors of the Braves so yall can pull out of it. Sports teams listen to the Sponsors when they pull out.

Rey

September 29th, 2011
5:33 pm

Enter your comments here

fred

September 29th, 2011
5:33 pm

Lol..The Joke of MLB..hahaha
Fredi and the Clowns..now playing at your locale park…LOL

HalJ

September 29th, 2011
5:35 pm

So? His coaches shouldn’t have to worry about the results they achieve? Well the manager damn sure had better be concerned. Fredi didn’t get it done. The biggest reason he didn’t is because his team didn’t hit — and they did last season when TP was responsible for helping the hitters.

If Parrish is not responsible, per Gonzalez, then Gonzalez accepts responsibility for the pathetic hitting and pays the price for the failure it brought.

Hire the smartest baseball mind in the organization, Chipper Jones, to manage the team in 2012, and let him play parttime when he’s healthy.

This team had the talent to compete with the Phillies for the Division. Not making the Wild Card is unacceptable. Period.

Matt

September 29th, 2011
5:35 pm

Its awesome. The BRAVES AND DELTA GO HAND IN HAND. THEY BOTH LIKE TO PISS OFF THERE CUSTOMERS BY DOING STUPID STUFF

southern hope

September 29th, 2011
5:36 pm

“Really at 5:30″ …you said it buddy….true words.

Kevin

September 29th, 2011
5:36 pm

I will be curious to see how much the Braves attendance drops next season. I know I won’t be bothering to attend anymore games next season. The Braves have to prove something now. I don’t care about how much they try to hype up the team next season. It will go in one ear and out the other with me. I wont drink any kool-aid the Braves try to sell.

Go_Bravos

September 29th, 2011
5:37 pm

Braves go from 4th in OBP to 26th. Thats what happens when you hire a guy to be hitting coach who had never been a hitting coach before. But hey its no big deal we’ll get’em tomorrow, you gotta tip your cap. Seems like everyone on the team, especially Chipper, wants to throw all the blame on the Braves having to rely on 4 rookie pitchers for the teams inconsistent play. I think the lack of offense throughout the year is the reason for the collapse. We played in way to many close games that burned the bullpen out because the offense could not score runs and play fundamental baseball.

It’s tought being an Atlanta Braves fan.

Largo

September 29th, 2011
5:38 pm

Go D-Backs. Gibson should be manager of the year. He has great coaches and together they breathed some fire into the team. Worst to First.

Kevin

September 29th, 2011
5:39 pm

As Braves fans we can’t sit here and take the incompetence that is going on in the organization. They get not one cent from me next season and I hope you all do the same thing.

Methinks

September 29th, 2011
5:40 pm

Big, big mistake by Fredi.

Folks…..this was one of the most EPIC FAILS in the history of pro sports…….and this idiot is already saying that the whole staff will be back!?!?! Simply outrageous. Truth be told, I was on the fence about Fredi…but not anymore. He needs to go along with the hitting coach.

To get their attention, maybe some season tickets holders need to hold back renewal until something is done.

Simply unbelievable.

Fire Fredi!

hoho

September 29th, 2011
5:40 pm

Okay, now I’m really pisd. This idiot really does not realize how poorly the Braves played in September. He really is as clueless as he seems. Unbelievable! That’s it, I’ve had it with this team.

hawesg

September 29th, 2011
5:40 pm

I wish I had a job where I could run the company into the ground, destroy productivity and keep my six figure job.

Nice work if you can get it.

jdkilling

September 29th, 2011
5:40 pm

The bottom line is that you are paid to do your job and your job is to WIN ballgames. It is that simple. If the people that work for you do not help then you must make changes to get the correct people. You can be the most organized, detailed but if you do not get results (wins) then you must be replaced!

As long as Liberty Media owns the Braves, there will never be another World Series title!

JM

September 29th, 2011
5:41 pm

Fire Gonzalez now. It’s painful to hear him being interviewed with all the “uhs” and “you know whats.”

You know what, Fredi? You need to go.

fred

September 29th, 2011
5:42 pm

Sad day for Braves fans, not that we didn’t win but that Braves have no clue what there problems are..Really@5:30 said it all. Fredi and his staff coming back is the problem…I hope no-body goes to a sinle game. I pray you lose every game.

Maria

September 29th, 2011
5:42 pm

Well, apparently the Braves upper management and Gonzalez’ idiocy remain firmly intact. I can not believe this. Larry Parrish should have been FIRED last night and Roger McDowell too. I’m tired of watching our pitchers only go 6 innings or less. That falls on McDowell because he is not teaching them how to get outs without going into 3-2 counts.

Manny

September 29th, 2011
5:42 pm

I concur regarding not moving Heyward. He has too much upside and he’s young. What you have to do is coach him up. Heyward’s issue speak much to the coaching, as well.

Here’s what the Braves are: A young team that lacks maturity. What we need is a good off-season and good coaching. The failure was coaching. I don’t blame Kimbrel for the melt-down. He’s young. I don’t blame the young bats not doing well. They are young. That youth is a good thing. But you need someone who can manage youth.

And Bobby Cox is probably the best MLB coach of all time managing youth. Fredi Gonzalez needs to learn that attribute quickly.

Really?

September 29th, 2011
5:42 pm

thanks @Southern Hope… I wish I had some…
It’s beyond disappointing! It’s infuriating but what good is that?
I was hoping that maybe Terry would be hired (really) as manager, that they could persuade Maddox to be pitching coach, that for his last year Chipper could serve as both hitting coach and player (why not, there have been manager/players) or his Dad (really) and that they would get a proven retired base stealer from the past to come in and coach a bit in the spring (maybe Otis Nixon.. really). But to keep this bunch intact without analysis and without any time elapsing since the disastrous end for reflection. Really?

PUREFAN

September 29th, 2011
5:42 pm

Rant all you want, but you might as well look to the bright side. The potential pitching staff looks great. Hudson, Hanson Jurjjens, Beachy, Minor, Medlin, Maritinez, Delgado, Tehran, Visciano, Varvaro, O’Flaritty, Venters, Kimbrel. IMO Lowe may need to be Kawakamied. He might fit in the bullpen. Sherrill and Moylan might also be options. Offensively think of Bourn at lead-off for 162 games, Prado will bounce back as will McCann and Heyward. Uggla will have a great year. Chipper can still do his thing albeit less often. Freeman made the infield defense so much better. The main questions are the bench and shortstop.

George T.

September 29th, 2011
5:43 pm

Fredi seems to be a really nice guy. In my view he is not a major league manager. He seems very unsure of himself and this impacts the culture of the clubhouse. It was far too soon to announce he is bringing back the entire coaching staff; everybody including Fredi needs times to think things through.

Braint

September 29th, 2011
5:43 pm

Wow. What a joke.

steve brown

September 29th, 2011
5:43 pm

The damn front office is where the blame lies. Thirty three percent of next years budget goes to Lowe (below average player) and Jones (average player above average hunter). Now that is something for the fans to look forward to.

PJ

September 29th, 2011
5:43 pm

My decision with the Braves is not to go to the ballpark or watch on TV until they win a postseason series. The last win was in 2001, so I may be in for a long and much needed vacation.

Jake

September 29th, 2011
5:44 pm

They just don’t seem to get it…

cristianlobo

September 29th, 2011
5:44 pm

Why would they announce this so soon? Can’t we even enjoy a pretense of accountability for this epic swoon? It is time for a radical departure. Fredi G. is not a leader. He failed to motivate his staff and he failed to guide his troops through an unreal malaise. How does the organization give him a green light to immediately announce we’ll all be going back for more? Cox retired, let’s not stagnate further in this attempt at preserving his strategery and approach through a successor who is unqualified and inept.

Dennis Reynolds

September 29th, 2011
5:44 pm

Does ANYONE at this point even want FREDI back? Much less his pathetic excuse for a coaching staff.

tennisbrave

September 29th, 2011
5:49 pm

Larry who? I didn’t think we has a hitting coach!

Gimpah & McError

September 29th, 2011
5:49 pm

I have nothing against Fredi at this point. However, that is a ‘Braves type’ decision if I’ve ever heard one!

My guess is: Wren was too scared to face questions so he pawned this announcement off on Fredi.

jdkilling

September 29th, 2011
5:49 pm

Off season blueprint:

Fire Fredi and hire Ryne Sandburg so we can have some emotional fire and leadership!
Be willing to pay up to $10 million of Lowe’s salary and trade him for a low level prospect and give his spot in the rotation to Delgado or Tehran. Could not get any worse.
Convince Chipper to retire and use his salary to improve the team.
Get rid of Scott Proctor and Linebrink (use Chipper’s salary to get a decent RH set-up arm).
Replace Alex Gonzalez with Pastornicky; the need for speed!
Move Prado to 3B and get a LF or get a 3B; could trade one of the young arms for a much needed bat!
Sell the team to Mark Cuban, but not sure if he can get 3 million butts in the seats every year.
Support your team! Take ownership and attend games to help with revenue!

Poorbrave

September 29th, 2011
5:50 pm

Larry and Robert have been right about Braves on blog this past year..they said all year Fredi and staff would blow it and they did..Fire Fredi asp!

Bill Donohoo

September 29th, 2011
5:50 pm

Where is Wren. Wren should say to Fredi-Its you and Parrish or just Parrish, take your choice.

Fredi would do well at the OLD General Motors-gosh evrything will be OK, no matter that our market share just dropped another 15%. This same group can turn it around.

dawgfan

September 29th, 2011
5:51 pm

My grandfather always said that the braves would go no where until they got rid of Dale Murphy. They did and look what happened. Now the same can be said of Chipper Jones. Chip, it has been nice, just go away.

Coach (2011 Fredi G. a go!)

September 29th, 2011
5:51 pm

Wow, birds of a feather do stick together. All I can say is this…..Fredi’s job is now on the line for 2012.

KenDawg

September 29th, 2011
5:54 pm

I can’t really believe that Parrish will be back – there’s going to be too much pressure on Gonzalez to replace him and make changes from the higher ups in the Braves organization. Why not go out and get a good hitting coach from a bad team – say Kevin Seitzer from the Royals? As a team the Royals had a .275 average and a .415 slugging percentage – near the tops in baseball. Even Frenchy had a good year playing under Seitzer, hitting .285 with 20 homers and 87 RBI’s. There are for better options out there!

steve brown

September 29th, 2011
5:54 pm

Summary
Fredi=Bobby
Prado-doesn’t remember where the strike zone is-give me Infante
Gonzalez-on the downside
Jones- fogetaboutit-been on the downside for most of the past 6 or 7 years
Lowe- fogetaboutit
McCann-as concerned about the way he called games as his hitting
Parrish-I don’t know-perhaps there was someone with experience we could have hired?
Heyward- screwed him up like they did Francouer
Freeman-his hugs are uncomfortable at best, sexy at worst
Teheran-still don’t understand why he was punished for being the #1 minor league pitched in baseball

longtimefan

September 29th, 2011
5:55 pm

I do not understand why he would come out with this announcement within 24 hours of the end of one of the monumental September swoons in the history of baseball. I have confidence in Frank Wren but he needs to take a close look at the manager/coach situation. The situational hitting was atrocious down the stretch and our young bullpen guns were misused, IMHO.

Rabid Dawg

September 29th, 2011
5:59 pm

I think its great that Chipper plays again. But….we need to make sure our depth in LF and 3B is adequate. I would like the Braves to pick up a big bat LF….let Prado and Chipper play 3B. You could also have Prado and Heyward in RF. Get rid of Lowe….KK. Trade Hanson and Alex. Start Pasternicky.
Future looks bright!

Hedley Lamarr

September 29th, 2011
5:59 pm

Are you kidding me???? I logged on here hoping to see who would get the first axe… Next year is going to just be a repeat – why bother watching or spending your hard-earned money on game tickets?!?!?! Someone has to be held accountable for this monumental collapse- no one on the staff is willing to accept any responsibility???? SHHEEESSSHHH!!!!!!!!

Reality

September 29th, 2011
6:01 pm

Shocker! No shake-ups for the Braves

TruthSeeker

September 29th, 2011
6:02 pm

Well…my enthusiasm for next year is completely shot.

MEDLEN has A Posse

September 29th, 2011
6:02 pm

What do ya’ll think is Alex Gonzo just another whiny Yunel. And why in the hell did we pitch to Pence.

I saw Sid slide

September 29th, 2011
6:03 pm

Hedley…. As far as i know the gm and the coaches put the players on the field and it is up to the players to perform. The coaches are not the ones who could not hit a lick in sept.

Joe Maddon

September 29th, 2011
6:05 pm

Just heard a stat that you guys finished with the worst attendance since 2004. Normally, the talking heads would blame fans, but when nothing changes and you continue with the same thing over and over, well, what can you expect? I wish my team had such passionate fans. Sigh.

Oh well. Hey, Texas… HERE COMES THE PAIN!!!!! LET’S GO RAYS!!!!!!!!

I saw Sid slide

September 29th, 2011
6:05 pm

Get rid of lowe and have a good problem to have… Hudson hanson jj… then your 4 and 5 pitchers are teahren delgado minor beachy medlin. It is a good problem to have we will trade one or 2 of them for a big bat. We are not that far away people the future is bright!! calm down lol

BOYCOTT

September 29th, 2011
6:06 pm

If everything is fine and no one is held accountable for job performance, then fans should make a statement that they will not fund incompetence and blind leadership. By the way, shouldn’t Larry Parrish have “evaluated” the changes that needed to be made during the skid–not following the most historic collapse in NL history! Fans, do not support Team Ostrich. This attitude has continually prevented our chances at world series championships. See UGA for a case study. There is a reason why the Yankees and the Red Sox have won multiple championships since 1995 and we have not. When changes need to be made, do not bury your head in the sand. This is business, not charity for colleagues and friends.

tennisbrave

September 29th, 2011
6:06 pm

Well, I guess according to Fredi, this type of collaspe is acceptable in Atlanta so he is going to retain all the coaches that shared a part of it. What about it, Frank Wren?

Texas Braves Fan

September 29th, 2011
6:07 pm

What’s scarier than this announcement you ask?? The fact that you know he ran it by Frank Wren before he made it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Status quo…

Fredi should be fired for starting Lowe this week. Wren should be fired for not firing Fredi for starting Lowe this week. Inexcusable!

BravesinTN

September 29th, 2011
6:08 pm

I don’t think it’s as much Larry Parrish or Fredi’s fault. I think the team’s (bats) aren’t very good. When you analyze every game and every roster move of your favorite tearm, you tend to hold ‘your’ players in higher regard. Bottom line is Uggla sucked in the 1st half, Prado sucked all of the year as did Heyward, McCann disappeared, Freeman got tired, and we got nothing out of SS all year (like CF until Bourn arrived)…all of that = crappy offense…IMO, Prado and McCann are overrated…

I saw Sid slide

September 29th, 2011
6:09 pm

I love all of the moron armchair managers and gm’s.. go play and switch around your little league lineup this week and take it out on your 10 year olds

hoho

September 29th, 2011
6:09 pm

I suggest contacting Liberty Media directly: http://www.libertymedia.com/contact-us.aspx
Let them know that you will not be attending games next year, nor will you be buying or any Braves merchandise until Larry Parrish is fired & Fredi Gonzalez is reprimanded. Sending out a notice that the entire coaching staff (even the supremely inept) will be retained this soon (day after historic collapse) acomplishes nothing except a slap in the face to the fans.

MEDLEN has A Posse

September 29th, 2011
6:09 pm

Agreed Dawg, Pasternicky. However i think we found our next Chipper–UGGLA that man is a hustle machine.

CG

September 29th, 2011
6:10 pm

This is exactly what is wrong in ATl and has been for years. Everyone’s safe, “we have a good staff.” Colossal failure and no consequences. If coaches and managers make any difference at all to a team’s performance, then changes clearly should be made to this staff.

How?

September 29th, 2011
6:11 pm

How do we let the powers know that we are not gonna take this crap anymore? Someone’s head needs to roll, but less than 24 hours after our epic collapse all is well for fredi and his boys? We need a way to let them know it is unacceptable to the paying fans. Without us, they are a bigger pile of crap than they realize. I will not watch another Braves game until somebody gives a dam besides the fans.

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