Braves extend Fredi G through ‘14 (updated)

NASHVILLE – Fredi Gonzalez has managed the Braves for the first two seasons of the post-Bobby Cox era, and was assured of being paid to manage at least two more after the team picked up a 2014 option on his contract Wednesday.

“It’s great organization, people you want to work for and people you get along with,” Gonzalez said. “And the one goal is to keep putting a good team on the field. “

Gonzalez has a 183-141 record as Braves manager since being hired to replace his mentor, Bobby Cox, who retired after the 2010 season.

“We think he did a terrific job of leading us to the playoffs,” Wren said of Gonzalez, who managed the Braves to a 94-68 record and wild-card berth in 2012. “We feel like his leadership is very helpful for our ballclub going forward, to stay competitive.”

Gonzalez, who’ll turn 49 in January, has a 459-420 record as a major league manager with the Braves and Marlins. A former third-base coach on Cox’s Braves staff, he spent 3-1/2 seasons as Marlins manager before being fired in June 2010.

He was hired by the Braves four months later, and they went 89-73 in 2011. The Braves lost 20 of their final 30 games to blow an 8-1/2-game wild-card lead that year and got knocked out of a postseason berth on the final night of the season.

The Braves reversed that finishing in 2012, winning 20 of their final 30 games to clinch the NL’s top wild-card spot and the team’s best record since 2004. But Atlanta lost to St. Louis in the first-ever Wild Card game and was eliminated from the postseason.

The Marlins are now on their third manager since Gonzalez left. Ozzie Guillen was fired as Miami’s manager in October, one year into a four-year contract.

Gonzalez was asked about the comfort level of having the option picked up and knowing he’s not entering the final year of his contract with that hanging over his head.

“It was a nice thing that the Braves did,” he said. “But I’ve never worried about that last-year-of-the-contract type deal because, hell, for all the years in the minor leagues and as a [major league] coach, you’re on a one-year contract. I never worried about that.

“The thing that I like about it is that your coaching staff, who are working with one-year contracts, they feel better that – not that I’m Bobby [Cox] or Tony [La Russa] – but I love ‘em all, and as long as I’m here they know at least I have a voice and they’re going to be OK. Even though they don’t have a two-year contract, they’re going to be OK. I feel better for them that way than for myself.”

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ROB

December 5th, 2012
5:03 pm

Too bad, Fredi has been awful as Manager, and he saved his worst performance for the wild card game vs. St. Louis. I’ve hated him more and more every game since he started, and cant wait to see how he ruins Walden and Venters next season even more.

chin music

December 5th, 2012
5:08 pm

183-141 reg season, not 162-94

ChopAttack

December 5th, 2012
5:10 pm

I’m not huge fan of Fredi, but it’s difficult to argue that he’s “been awful.”

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braveslover

December 5th, 2012
5:17 pm

Short leash Fredi. The eyes of Braves Nation are on you.

Skeezix

December 5th, 2012
5:23 pm

Fredi deserves this. He has done a pretty good job with what FW/Liberty Media has given him.

Angel Eyes

December 5th, 2012
5:33 pm

That’s OK. NOW FIRE WREN!!!!

M10

December 5th, 2012
5:35 pm

You gotta be kidding me.I’m not a big fan of Fredi”I’m to scared to argue a call” Gonzalez.The Braves prove again there ok being mediocre.Another season down the drain,no significant moves besides Upton but one could argue its not.I’m still waiting….

Chief Knock-A-Homa

December 5th, 2012
5:36 pm

Corey Hart – Get him Frank Wren! He’s available!

BravesFanInNashville

December 5th, 2012
5:42 pm

Rob…… How does Fredi get blamed for Chipper throwing an almost certain double play ball into RF?
How is he to blame for the worst call ever on the infield fly. Fredi did his best to get thrown out of the game but the umps new they blew the call so they didn’t run him! Medlen was cruising before Chippers very unfortunate error! Fredi made the right call starting Ross even though a lot of heat about that came the night before on the blogs. Simmons bunted on his own after Ross did successfully and Fredi in Bobby Cox fashion covered for his player. Rookie mistake and Simmons will more than make up for that in the future.

I’ve seen Fredi make a lot of moves I strongly disagreed with but that WC game he did almost everything right. IMO.

Congrats Fredi. You’re learning and that’s good. Handled last years bullpen masterfully and they were rested for a playoff series. You can’t direct the throws of your players from the dougout.

Rick C

December 5th, 2012
5:43 pm

“The Braves prove again there ok being mediocre.”

Is 94 wins mediocre these days?

Ebenezer Snerdberg

December 5th, 2012
5:45 pm

Ekim56

December 5th, 2012
5:45 pm

Yeah, fire Fredi asap. I hear Bobby Valentine’s available.

Oh'man

December 5th, 2012
5:46 pm

Baseball isn’t football where the coaches/manager really do matter. Managers don’t play as big of a role in baseball then any other sport. Baseball is an individual performance sports, saying that, congratulations to Fredi for the well deserved contract extension! It’s not Fredi’s fault Chipper made a costly error in the WC game, not Fredi’s fault that Uggla was horrible, etc. This players get paid millions of dollars to perform at a high level and when they don’t you shouldn’t be blaming the manager, you should be blaming the player. Fredi has done a great job, he will never be Bobby Cox but he has done a great job so far.

The Grinch

December 5th, 2012
5:46 pm

He’s improved slightly but he’s still awful. Not a big fan of the move. We’ve already lost a bunch of team leadership this off-season; having a having an affable but ineffective man at the helm doesn’t exactly fill me full of confidence. I hope Upton doesn’t run all over him.

The Grinch

December 5th, 2012
5:48 pm

Awful is perhaps too strong a word. He’s not awful. Mediocre, perhaps.

rainman34

December 5th, 2012
5:49 pm

worst move by wren this offseason. No reason to do this now we are kind of stuck with him no matter how bad he does or what other managers become available.

Ekim56

December 5th, 2012
5:53 pm

“No reason to do this now we are kind of stuck with him no matter how bad he does”

Not so. Managers with contracts get fired all the time, at all levels.

MikeY

December 5th, 2012
5:54 pm

He did a better job in 2012 than in 2011, especially in things like managing the bullpen innings. I still have days I disagree a lot with in-game strategy.

But all in all, to get the wins he has with the payroll where it is at: I’d give Fredi an overall B+. No problem w/ the extension.

Now, let’s get a LF/leadoff hitter and re-sign Reed Johnson!

Voice of Reason

December 5th, 2012
5:55 pm

I applaud the extension of Fredi Gonzales as manager – I think he is a stable force in the locker room and in the dugout. I like his even keel and un-panicked manner. And he raises the roof just often enough to let the team know that he has their back. I believe, though Bobby Cox is a Hall of Famer and I love him dearly, that Fredi is a step up over the last 4-5 years of Bobby. He shows the patience with struggling ballplayers like Bobby did, but doesn’t seem to be afraid to step outside the “book” like he did with Uggla and McCann. when I see some of the alternatives (Valentine, Guillen), I believe we have a real gem who is improving all the time.

Oldsquid

December 5th, 2012
5:57 pm

Fredi is not this team’s major liability. He may not be a great coach but he isn’t awful either.
The big problem is that this team can’t hit and they have done nothing to fix that problem.
They are stuck in the mindset of home run hitters and pitching only.
That works pretty well during the season but it kills you in the post season. Until they do something about hitting consistenly, they will not likely advance in post season play.

But then their ownership may be fine with that. Most of the fans are not.

ryan

December 5th, 2012
5:58 pm

I would take Corey Hart over Justin Upton but it sounds like its back to the do nothing Braves again .

fan

December 5th, 2012
5:59 pm

One of the worst managers in the history of the game.

Dum-Bass

December 5th, 2012
6:04 pm

The same ones who are OK with FG and his extension are the same ones, most likely, who are satisfied with Mark Richt and his love of mediocrity, and that includes sports writers. You guys will never get anything any better because you just accept it. I’ve given it a name now, “The Hotlanta Syndrome” or the “ATLJINX”. So far it’s has affected the Braves, now the DAWGS(played in ATL) and soon will jump on the Falcons. Just wait and see, it will happen if they make the playoffs. BTW, Wren said FG led the Braves into the “PLAYOFFS”. No he did not. They made it to a one game PLAY-IN to see if they would be in the PLAYOFFS! Get it straight Wren, doesn’t make it so just because you embellish it.

blazerdawg

December 5th, 2012
6:05 pm

Glad MFG is going to be a Brave for a while. Manages a good clubhouse and is a pro with thick skin, unlike most MLB managers.

cornjolio

December 5th, 2012
6:08 pm

with Chipper, Bourn & Ross gone, and now Fredi gets another year; its been one sorry off season !

Unless Upton & Uggly have career years, this Braves’ team will be looking up at the Nationals again !

JHarber

December 5th, 2012
6:10 pm

Wren is this teams biggest liability, Lacks the savvy and instinct to get viable players. Lets too many contact hitters get away that sign for peanuts.

Jeffrey Loria, Marlins' owner

December 5th, 2012
6:10 pm

First Uggla, and now Fredi the boob. You guys must be nuts !

You’re closer to us than the Nationals.

extremus

December 5th, 2012
6:10 pm

As Darth Vader would say, “NOOOOOOO!!!!!

Seriously though, regular season record-wise the Braves haven’t been bad at all under Gonzalez’s watch. I think much of the spleen here is due to four main things: A) he can be maddeningly slow to make needed changes when a player is slumping to the point of being a liability, B) he doesn’t always seem to have his players’ backs (compared to Cox who would get thrown out every other night), C) he’s very “company line-ish” during downturns (”You gotta hand it to…”), and D) thus far the Braves have seen a historic September collapse and one very, very ugly Wild Card game during his tenure.

Did I miss anything anyone else would have said?

Reality

December 5th, 2012
6:17 pm

Fredi is dull and predictable like the Braves’ offense; Whitey Herzog or Billy Martin he ain’t, not an ounce of creativity or strategy in his brain.

3rd place in NL East

ryan

December 5th, 2012
6:20 pm

Nats look scary its one thing to resign Freddie Gonzales but just sit there and not make more moves is a bad move by Wren .

kral

December 5th, 2012
6:20 pm

yes he terrible dumb..lost 3 starters..star 3rd basemen limited to 3 games of 5…team batting average with runners in scoring position bad..allstar catcher injured..and many problems were faced..and dang sucked and won 94 ..need us mediocre fans to wake-up smell the durn coffee..do not accept such crap

jbill

December 5th, 2012
6:22 pm

While Winter meeting going on and everyone else getting better –Braves need LF..they are signing Fredi for two more years..can he play LF?

Just heard on MLB TV that Braves were talking with Dodgers about Dee Gordon…

kral

December 5th, 2012
6:24 pm

for english buffs out is after he…other before problems..dang i need to pay my proof-reader more he sucks.

M10

December 5th, 2012
6:27 pm

Rick C unfortunately yes winning 94 games is fine and dandy but when you make it to playoffs and don’t win a game it speaks for itself.Its becoming normal for them and giving him a extension at this point proves it.

Comfortably Dumb

December 5th, 2012
6:31 pm

A monkey could manage the talent we have on this team. It really comes down to the fact that he really doesn’t know the game inside and out, and he makes incredibly bone-headed decisions on the reg.

Plus he sounds like a complete moron in his postgame interviews.
Plus he looks like the major league manager version of Humpty Dumpty.
Plus the only reason he’s lucky enough to be a major league manager DESPITE NEVER BEING A BIG LEAGUER is because he was a Bobby Brown Noser.

This organization is a joke. It’s all about the BS “Braves guy” crap.

jbill

December 5th, 2012
6:33 pm

If Braves get Dee Gordon will they trade Simmons for J Upton??????????

Comfortably Dumb

December 5th, 2012
6:35 pm

No way. Even the Braves aren’t stupid enough to trade Simmons. Especially to make room for Dee Gordon.

John w

December 5th, 2012
6:36 pm

That playoff loss was on Chipper!! End of story!!

Reality

December 5th, 2012
6:37 pm

Fredi is a loyal soldier for the firm of Schuerholz & Wren, selling the Braves’ brand and whitebread, wholesome, family-friendly image for the masses that spend their hard-earned money @ Turner Field who retain fond memories of the 1990s and yearn for just a taste of the old times that are slowly being forgotten …

No World Series appearances since 1999 and no division title since 2005.

kral

December 5th, 2012
6:38 pm

cd how many pro bb teams have you managed…maybe we need to give you a call in couple of years if things do not work out..traveling 12 yr. old teams do not count..and neither does second guessing because there is no way to prove the second guess would be right in the first place

Comfortably Dumb

December 5th, 2012
6:40 pm

Very well put, Reality.

ROB

December 5th, 2012
6:42 pm

for those fighting me on my opening post – Fredi is awful, feast on this. On paper how many teams were better or more talented than us last 2 seasons? With that talent alone we were an 88-92 win team. Solid SP, GREAT BP, great defense, and allstar hitters at 6-7 positions. You think Lasorda, Cox, Torre, Francona, Bochy etc would have collapsed like we did under FG in 11? You think any of them fail to win a WC game? yes there were other factors, but what has this idiot done to earn an extension? Killed our pen in 11 – and couldn’t get his boy Uggla going for 75% of his Braves career. and his in game managing has been very curious. no reason to extend him.

Comfortably Dumb

December 5th, 2012
6:43 pm

Uh oh..I can tell by the poorly constructed sentences with improper punctuation that Fredi is trolling the blog again trying to defend himself.

Come on, “kral”. Give it up. You suck.

Comfortably Dumb

December 5th, 2012
6:43 pm

Uh oh..I can tell by the poorly constructed sentences with improper punctuation that Fredi is trolling the blog again trying to defend himself.

Come on, “kral”. Give it up. You suck.

Comfortably Dumb

December 5th, 2012
6:43 pm

Uh oh..I can tell by the poorly constructed sentences with improper punctuation that Fredi is trolling the blog again trying to defend himself.

Come on, “kral”. Give it up. You suck.

ROB

December 5th, 2012
6:43 pm

for those fighting me on my opening post – Fredi is awful, feast on this. On paper how many teams were better or more talented than us last 2 seasons? With that talent alone we were an 88-92 win team. Solid SP, GREAT BP, great defense, and allstar hitters at 6-7 positions. You think Lasorda, Cox, Torre, Francona, Bochy etc would have collapsed like we did under FG in 11? You think any of them fail to win a WC game? yes there were other factors, but what has this jamoke done to earn an extension? Killed our pen in 11 – and couldn’t get his boy Uggla going for 75% of his Braves career. and his in game managing has been very curious. no reason to extend him.

Comfortably Dumb

December 5th, 2012
6:47 pm

ROB…I concur to the fullest extent, sir.

And I think you might be being a little generous with Uggla. He’s had 2 good months out of the 12 he’s played.

THROW UP.......

December 5th, 2012
6:48 pm

Makes me want to throw up…..I am glad that Chipper is gone….am glad JJ and Hanson are gone…..just wish this idiot who looks like an IDIOT every game in the dugout was gone permanently.

jbill

December 5th, 2012
6:50 pm

If you blogger have MLB network direct tv channel # 213HD..@ 6:52 pm Frank Wren is on now if you wish to watch.

Pray for him every day......

December 5th, 2012
6:51 pm

Yeah, I pray for him every day…..pray that he will step out in front of a southbound 18 wheeler……..

jbill

December 5th, 2012
6:59 pm

nothing new..just said not done yet.

rainman34

December 5th, 2012
7:04 pm

The report on Gordan was the braves would move him to left.

BUGGSY

December 5th, 2012
7:08 pm

Guess this was our big (bang)signing for the winter meetings…Oh well

JHarber

December 5th, 2012
7:08 pm

Wren on MLB as usual said nothing , worst interview of any GM so far.

Ralph

December 5th, 2012
7:15 pm

Dee Gordon, just what we need another 220 hitter, get real folks.

Uncle Dick

December 5th, 2012
7:17 pm

All I read is negativity. Fredi ranks up with Madden, Gardenhire! Soscia, and a very few others. All you same negative folks didn’t like Bobby. Why don’t you change your following to say… the Marlins or Royals or other underachievers.
Why not go through live being positive? Guaranteed if you do you will be far happier.
I grew up in Boston and remember following the 1948 Braves on Radio (no TV) during the world series. I now delight following the Braves with my granddaughter who loves them and has never uttered a word of negativity about them. I had season tickets from 1984 (when buying a seat gave you a section) till 2001 when I moved to NC. I still follow and love them and don’t always approve of every move…..he’ll I didn’t make every move 100% correct when I ran a business…. But there is far more positives here with the Atlanta Braves than the are in 20 or more other MLB cities.

PLEASE GO THROUGH LIFE MORE POSITIVE….you will be far happier.

longtimefan

December 5th, 2012
7:17 pm

183-141 record with 94 wins last year and the “fans” call him awful. The only thing “awful” is the average fan’s assessment of talent on this blog. Fire FW they say! Many are clueless. If FW listened to the masses we would be saddled with Jason Bay at 100M

NORRIS CHUCK

December 5th, 2012
7:18 pm

Whats up with Nate Schierholtz? Are the Braves talking to him to? Dont know much about the guy though.

mike

December 5th, 2012
7:19 pm

Good solid baseball man! Managers seldom lose games, players do. You yohoo’s trashing Freddie never played above little league.

JHarber

December 5th, 2012
7:22 pm

Uncle Dick—–Wren started this off season with about 25 million. One questionable signing and now dumpster diving. If I had ran my business like this I would have went broke.

NORRIS CHUCK

December 5th, 2012
7:27 pm

Get ready for Platoon 2013 in the outfield!

ROB

December 5th, 2012
7:30 pm

To be honest i could care less about Freddie and or the braves, AS IVE ALWAYS BEEN A CLOSET PHILLIES FAN, GO PHILLIES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ralph

December 5th, 2012
7:32 pm

DOB- Appriciate the report on Fredi from the Winter Meetings, wish you had some good news though.

WTF

December 5th, 2012
7:33 pm

THROW UP….. if only you were gone.

rainman34

December 5th, 2012
7:36 pm

For those that dont like dee Gordan because of his first full season. You would not have kept Bourn either 229 avg 288 obp. Also Juan Cisco 790 ops as a starter not bad for a part time player I really think given a chance he can put up some nice numbers.

Yuuup

December 5th, 2012
7:38 pm

He has a winning record since he came here, and that is really all that you can ask for. Winning records mean that you have a shot at a Championship every year. Has he done some stupid decision making? Of course he has, but then again which manager in the majors hasn’t?

As long as the Braves have a record like they did this past season, all is well, however they better step up and get farther than the Wild Card head to head game, or farther than they divisional series. This getting eliminated right away crap is getting extremely old already.

Tahillzfan

December 5th, 2012
7:39 pm

The single biggest problem with the Braves is its fans. You people are so arrogant but mediocre when it comes to baseball towns. You are the fans. Sell out the stadium, buy merchandise and give your money to Liberty Media. Make the team profitable. Then they will spend the money that you think they should. The teams that the Braves are competing against are selling out their stadiums and are spending money. Stop whining. Freddie is a good manager. The braves are a good team. Enjoy it. Correct me if I am wrong and I may be, but haven’t the Braves won more than your precious Dawgs?

WTF

December 5th, 2012
7:45 pm

ROB we knew you were in the closet.

Da Mick

December 5th, 2012
7:47 pm

Everyday during this season, you’re looking for some good news about the Braves, and this is a real bummer. Because he hasn’t done anything outright to be fired for (except maybe driven the train off the tracks and out of the playoffs in 2011), I figured we’d have to wait out his contract. But to extend it after what has to be considered one year where he did no harm? He’s just a utility type manager — not a smart man, and this club needs someone with some baseball savy. Seems like a bad move that wasn’t necessary right now. Frankly, I can’t stand watching the guy manage games.

eddie57

December 5th, 2012
7:49 pm

Wren again proves that he has absolutely judgement by picking up Fredi the freeloader’s option after throwing away $75 million on a potential player Blow J Upton. The best thing that happened yesterday was Hinske signing so Wren couldn’t resign him.

Josh

December 5th, 2012
7:57 pm

This is one fickle fan base.

Wink

December 5th, 2012
7:58 pm

Another wasted dollar or two!

Lets see, an injured catcher $12 million,
A back up catcher,Laird, for the injured catcher,
A backup catcher Pagnozzi? for the back up catcher,
A not ready for prime time defensive catcher Bentancourt @Gwinette
A hitting catcher Gattis @ Gwinette, but no room at the inn
Seems Wren likes spending money on catchers, must be a mental catch 22….

Signed another top 10 strike out guy BJ Upton, 75 mill to replace Bourne
To go along with Heyward and the Smuggla for his $13 million, giving us 3 of 10

Could not quite resist adding another smoking arm to the Bullpen, actually saved a few dollars ridding us of Hampton…mostly spend on Reed Johnson for bench

Now sign Gonzalez who seems to lack the ability to get us to the playoffs…won 94 games inspite of him…really what has he done!

Wren, you have signed enough catchers, replaced Bourne, added to your precious bull pen and re up the marginal manager…when will you get down to the real business of replacing your LF / 3B, before you spend all the money Chipper & Lowe gave you???

How about also giving Prado the respect he deserves and figure out how to extend his contract, take care of your core players…Freeman, Heyward, Simmons….suggestion dump Uggla & pay them….Simmons fulltime production will take care of what Uggla gave you last year…talk about career decline!

Go to work man…cmon!

PaulG

December 5th, 2012
7:58 pm

I hope all those who diss fredi will polish up their vitaes & send them around to,impress GMs. Would any care to enlighten us as to their baseball careers, managing experience etc. I am waiting.

Josh

December 5th, 2012
7:59 pm

Leave it to a Carolinian to bring reason to this conversation. Well said Tahillzfan.

Yuuup

December 5th, 2012
8:00 pm

I keep reading where the Braves aren’t really in talks with any team about a LF’er. How can they not be? The way its looking, this team will be taking a huge step backwards next season and will be extremely lucky to have even close to the record that they had last season if they don’t make a trade.

We just replaced Bourn with a guy that is not as good as he is, and the only part of his game that is better than Bourn’s is Homeruns. He can’t play defense like Bourn, he can’t steal bases as good as Bourn, he can’t hit for average like Bourn, and he is not a leadoff hitter which we all saw with Bourn, is very crucial to this teams success. So we took a step backwards for sure in CF.

Then we lost Chipper to retirement. No matter what we do here, we can not replace Chipper in the lineup or in the clubhouse. No matter what, we take a step backwards here.

We lost Ross to free agency, Laird will not be the offensive presence, defensive presence, or the clubhouse presence that Rossy was/is. Huge step backwards in this category as well.

Unless the Braves trade for a legit LF’er who can either hit leadoff, or has power that can drive in a lot of runs, I don’t see any way possible that we are a 90 win team next year. Sucks to, seeing as though they finally had some money to spend in free agency this year, and they spent it on a guy who is not as good as the guy we had.

Angel Eyes

December 5th, 2012
8:00 pm

Wren on mlb tonite telling us wht he is not going to do/ FIRE HIM NOW!!

fredi says smile

December 5th, 2012
8:02 pm

Stupid move. Sad news, really. This young team has a chance to be great. But not with this manager,
Good management does matter. At least in the playoffs. Remember Ron Washington ?

rainman34

December 5th, 2012
8:05 pm

Sorry if this has already been posted. Teheran in his last two starts 5 in 1 hit, 5 in 0 hits maybe he is starting to figure out some things with his new motion.

george t

December 5th, 2012
8:09 pm

Always tough to follow a HOF manager. Fredi is a nice guy but will never be a major league championship manager.

ROB

December 5th, 2012
8:11 pm

IF ATLANTA HAD FANS HALF AS PASSION AND KNOWLEGE AS PHILLY FAN ATLANTA WOULD HAVE MORE THAN 1 PATHETIC CHAMPIONSHIP AS A SPORTS CITY AND THAT IS FACT

Dum-Bass

December 5th, 2012
8:31 pm

There was an article in the AJC awhile back asking why Atlanta was known as “Losersville”. Here is your reason loud and clear. The fans of the sports teams keep putting these same “losers”a back in charge and expecting different results. It will continue and the fans who are so naive and gullible will continue to support them. Most of you are “pathetic” and just wallow in your misery with a smile on your face. It has already happened to the Braves this year, and just recently to the GA DAWGS. They would have won that game in Athens. Next, it’s the Falcons turn. They won’t disappoint I’m sure. Get ready for another huge letdown!

Quack Quack

December 5th, 2012
8:32 pm

I’ve posted many comments putting down Fredi, but I see him having the Braves best year ever. I also see Uggla cranking a record number of home runs. Count on it!!

GO BRAVES!!!

Drew

December 5th, 2012
8:36 pm

Hey Rob… That may be true but it’s also PATHETIC that the Phils have only 1 Championship (2008) in the last 30 years (Same that the Braves have). Doesn’t it suck when you are clearly the best team in baseball like the Phils were over the last several years before last year, and can’t win the championship? I can definately understand that as the Braves were the best team in baseball for more than that one year.

dap01

December 5th, 2012
8:43 pm

Rob: No ATL fan has ever struck out, not fan has ever traded Texeria, no ATL fan has ever pitched poorly. What a stupid comment.

ROB

December 5th, 2012
8:47 pm

PHILLIES SELL OUT EVERY GAME BRAVES NEVER SELL OUT THAT IS FACT

Iluvnutella

December 5th, 2012
8:47 pm

There’s a sucker born every minute, in this case its Braves management. How many times does this doooucebag have to be voted worst manager in MLB before Wren realises he SUX?

jbill

December 5th, 2012
8:52 pm

Hell I’m not worried about Fredi..Get a LF’er!!

Mr Pitts

December 5th, 2012
8:55 pm

ROB: “I’ve hated him more……………………”

C’mon, man . This is just a game and the only you have at stake are the hats and t-shirts you buy.

Brave New World

December 5th, 2012
8:58 pm

When you win 94 games, you get contract extension. Congrats Fredi!

Brave New World

December 5th, 2012
9:01 pm

Yuuup: No matter what we do here, we can not replace Chipper in the lineup or in the clubhouse.

Chipper was a very good hitter and a sure HOF’er, but if he was such a great leader, why was he never named team captain? It’s time to move on. GO BRAVES!

ROB

December 5th, 2012
9:14 pm

NOW THAT BJ UPTON IS PAID HE WILL BE A LAZY BUST JUST LIKE HIS FORMER TEAMMATE CARL CRAWFORD WAS AND IS IN BOSTON, YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST, SHOULD HAVE KEPT BOURNE, I HOPE PHILLIES SIGN HIM THAT WOULD BE DOUBLE SWEET,

GO PHILLIES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Doof fredi

December 5th, 2012
9:14 pm

“He has a winning record since he came here, and that is really all that you can ask for.” No, we can ask for a manager with some fire in his belly, a manager that gives a damn about his team and doesn’t sit with his head down; a manager that will rush out and argue a call; a manager that knows what he is doing. That is what we can ask for, Yuuup.

ROB

December 5th, 2012
9:16 pm

BJ UPTON AND CARL CRAWFORD SUFFER FROM LNS !!!!!!!!

Scott from Fairburn

December 5th, 2012
9:26 pm

Let’s summarize the comments so far … Fredi sux, Frank sux … got it

christian

December 5th, 2012
9:27 pm

I think he has been a good manager the first year wasnt all his fault although he did make some mistakes with the pitchers in the final weeks of the season ,but he has fixed that and has bee a beter than average manager since then

Mr Pitts

December 5th, 2012
9:31 pm

“Chipper was a very good hitter and a sure HOF’er, but if he was such a great leader, why was he never named team captain? It’s time to move on. GO BRAVES!”

I agree. He was very much self-absorbed and not a leader of men.

Angel Eyes

December 5th, 2012
9:33 pm

Ok Been waiting for you doubters to come on. I am not Amber Girl. I understand she is 15 and lives in Australia. I am a 45 yr old man living in Burley Idaho. I have never been to Australia. I hope it clears things up. Let’s talk baseball and fire idiot WREN

ROB

December 5th, 2012
9:37 pm

LOL CHIPPER JONES IS NOT A HOF ER, HE WAS VERY GOOD BUT NOT GREAT LIKE MIKE SCHMIDT, AND THAT IS FACT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Chief Knock-A-Homa

December 5th, 2012
9:41 pm

Wren needs to work some magic and take Corey Hart off the Brewers hands while they are willing to listen to offers…

That would be a HUGE pickup… What a lineup we’d have then…

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