Braves could lose Fredi Gonzalez to Cubs if they don’t hurry

If general manager Frank Wren wants to get Fredi Gonzalez back into a Braves' uniform, he had better hurry.

Fredi Gonzalez isn't back in a Braves' uniform just yet.

Two months ago, when Florida Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria outdid even his own usual moronic tendencies by firing manager Fredi Gonzalez, I wrote a blog suggesting the Braves needed to bring him into the fold immediately.

The obvious reasons: 1) He is the perfect candidate to replace Bobby Cox next season; 2) He would be in demand when other managerial jobs opened up.

Well, it just happened.

In the wake of Lou Piniella’s recent retirement, the Cubs reportedly have put Gonzalez atop their wish list. In fact, a story in today’s Chicago Sun-Times makes it sound like Gonzalez’ move to Wrigley could be imminent.

Here’s an excerpt:

Don’t be surprised if former Florida Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez winds up a leading candidate to replace Lou Piniella within the next few weeks.

Sources say that Gonzalez is at the top of general manager Jim Hendry’s wish list in the early stages of the process and that he prefers a manager with major-league experience — with Class AAA manager Ryne Sandberg considered the strongest, if not only, serious candidate without that.

Gonzalez would not comment specifically about the Cubs job, but he told the Sun-Times that he and Hendry “go back to my high school days. He coached one of the opposing teams when I played. And we worked together with the Marlins.”

This part of the story also is interesting:

At least one source close to the Braves said that while public perception has Gonzalez as Cox’s heir apparent, the Braves have not given Gonzalez any such indication — which would seem to leave a wide-open path for Hendry to pursue.

Personally, I’d be stunned if Gonzalez preferred the Cubs’ job over the Braves. He already lives in Atlanta and he certainly would be inheriting a better team here than in Chicago. But if the Braves wait too long before making a commitment, Gonzalez could opt for the sure thing.

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231 comments Add your comment

Mr_Ed

September 1st, 2010
2:22 pm

Mr_Ed

September 1st, 2010
2:23 pm

the braves certaintly need to lock up Fredi before seasons end…hate to see Bobby retire, but even bigger if TP steps in as manager next year it will be a disaster in waiting

Ostrich Racer

September 1st, 2010
2:23 pm

If you commit to Gonzalez now, you risk alienating TP for the rest of the year, and upsetting an apple cart that’s rolling along pretty good.

Sonny Clusters

September 1st, 2010
2:24 pm

Second to a horse.

Mr_Ed

September 1st, 2010
2:25 pm

thats right and your name ain’t wilbur

Ostrich Racer

September 1st, 2010
2:25 pm

Third to Pete Van Weiren in silks!

Mr_Ed

September 1st, 2010
2:27 pm

there’s an idea for a manger Pete where are you, or maybe Don Sutton

Ted M

September 1st, 2010
2:29 pm

he’d likely be the first team with 2 Freddie’s

papadawg

September 1st, 2010
2:31 pm

Just another example of how enept the Braves management is and Please God No T. Pendleton

bob

September 1st, 2010
2:31 pm

AJC filler fluff:

Fredi just left one inept organization. I am sure he knows to be patient. If not, he would be a poor manager anyway.

Craig

September 1st, 2010
2:33 pm

Jeff, if Freddie want to be a Brave it will not matter what the Cubs offer him. We do not know what is happening behind the scenes and for all we know a handshake deal has been done for his services next year.

Plate Appearance

September 1st, 2010
2:33 pm

THE BEST SCENARIO

The Braves win the World Series!

Bobby decides to stay another year to defend this championship — much like a Phil Jackson.

And Freddie gets hired as a Braves coach — to still wait in the wings.

JayD

September 1st, 2010
2:34 pm

Maybe they don’t want him

Ted M

September 1st, 2010
2:35 pm

About 2 or 3 weeks ago Joe Simpson quoted Bobby Cox as saying about retirement “who said I couldn’t change my mind”. Simpson never said directly that Cox was kidding but I think thats what he meant.

bob

September 1st, 2010
2:38 pm

I recant: Fla is a good organization with a cheap owner in a city that can’t support MLB. Either way, the real Freddi is on the Braves roster tonight.

JayD

September 1st, 2010
2:39 pm

Why is Fredi the guy again?

NC Dawg

September 1st, 2010
2:39 pm

The deal for Gonzalez to manage the Braves next season is done. Everyone is keeping a tight lid on the subject.

@WreckBuZZ

September 1st, 2010
2:40 pm

Schultz,

I think you miss the point. Sure Fredi might prefer the Braves, but that doesn’t mean the BRAVES prefer Fredi. In fact I think they are more likely to have Terry Pendleton as the manager. For some reason the media overlooks Pendleton when listing candidates. Often Fredi, Eddie Perez among others are listed in front of TP. But that’s ignoring what happens in the dugout. TP is the acting manager when Bobby has been ejected or missed games due to suspension or for personal occasions. And TP has always stayed in Atlanta despite having the same opportunities to interview that Fredi Gonzalez did. I don’t think he’d stunt his own professional development unless he thought he really had a chance to be the next guy here in Atlanta.

59bulldawg

September 1st, 2010
2:41 pm

If not Freddie who would they want?

bob

September 1st, 2010
2:42 pm

Don Mattingly is out there too.

Phil

September 1st, 2010
2:42 pm

They need to hire him in time for the playoffs! Cox’s post season record is horrible.

PMC

September 1st, 2010
2:46 pm

They woudl be crazy not to go with Ryne Sandberg.

DawginLex

September 1st, 2010
2:47 pm

Good point Schultzie.

You sometimes go against the famous Sergeant from Hogan’s Heroes that shares your last name.

You do know something!

ReddJonn68

September 1st, 2010
2:47 pm

Hey Schultz why not Joe Torre ? I still say Torre should be the main target, he has dealt with the ownership out there that refuses to make any moves. It looks like he has lost the desire due to no real backing from the front office in LA. With the ties Torre has here in ATL, it might recharge his batteries. I hope he is not considering hanging up the cleats, he would be perfect with mix of youth & vets on this squad next season, to help keep a winning attitude. Any other candidate after him, to me is ho hum. Nothing against Fredi, nice body of work, I just think we should aim higher.

BuckheadBrave

September 1st, 2010
2:53 pm

Chino Caddahia is always the acting manager, never TP. What are you watching?

Just Sayin

September 1st, 2010
2:54 pm

Ted M

September 1st, 2010
2:54 pm

Phil – Wren pretty much said McLouth will be on the postseason roster. Doesn’t it just scare the crap out of ya that Cox will have him starting in CF for game 1.

59bulldawg

September 1st, 2010
2:54 pm

Good one Phil! LOL!

BuckheadBrave

September 1st, 2010
2:54 pm

TP is more of the same. we need a new image

ReddJonn68

September 1st, 2010
2:55 pm

Oh yeah nobody is going to turn down a good job, even the papers & blogs in Chicago are talking about what a difficult situation the next manager will face. They are already predicting their club will lose close to 90 games with the squad that will take the field. Seems like they will be in rebuilding mode not challenging mode.

BuckheadBrave

September 1st, 2010
2:55 pm

Fredi is of the Cox coaching tree so it will satisfy the old timers but he is far enough removed to bring a new attitude. The only one who looks more tired in the dugout than Bobby is TP.

5150 P.O.A.D

September 1st, 2010
2:57 pm

Really? F. Gonzalez would chose the CUBS over being on the Braves coaching Staff muchless a shot at Head coaching the Braves? WHY. Snow, Cold, and a Crapy Town over the Atlanta Metro area? Money ain’t everything.

BuckheadBrave

September 1st, 2010
2:57 pm

Chino Cadahia the bench coach who has been acting manager like 3 or 4 times at least this season. Do you follow the Braves?

hmmmm.........

September 1st, 2010
2:57 pm

I hope we get Fredi, but if they promote TP at least he wouldn’t be the hitting coach anymore. We should just can TP and hire the Rangers hitting coach or bring back Don Baylor.

hmmmm.........

September 1st, 2010
2:58 pm

Whats Jimmy Williams up to these days?

hmmmmmmmmmmmmm

September 1st, 2010
3:00 pm

did it ever occur to anyone that the reason they have not moved quickly is because they think Bobby MIGHT change his mind?

BuckheadBrave

September 1st, 2010
3:00 pm

maybe Fredi read the article about how we can’t sell out games. We should probably avoid the negative spin until he signs the contract

5150 P.O.A.D

September 1st, 2010
3:00 pm

I hear Jeff Fancour is looking for a job. HAHAHAHAHAHA. Jeff F. take your money and go to Clemson to get your degree and become a High School Baseball coach.

mcdaviddawg

September 1st, 2010
3:01 pm

A LOT OF QUESTIONS ABOUT THE MANAGING OF THE TEAM THIS YEAR. WHILE COX HAA HAD SOME VERY GOOD YEARS HE HAS A REAL HISTORY OF NOT CROSSING THE FINISH LINE. i WOULD EXPECT THE FIRST THING A NEW MANAGER WOULD DO IS GET RID OF TP. I BLAME HIM FOR MUCH OF THE BATTING PROBLEMS THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS. IF HE GETS UPSET THAN HE’LL JUST LEAVE A LITTLE EARLY. AND SEEING MCLOUTH AND GLAUS BACK BRINGS UP ALL THOSE QUESTIONS OF MANAGING. AT LEAST WITH GLAUSE IT MIGHT FOR A TRADE, BUT WHO WOULD WANT MCLOUTH?

James

September 1st, 2010
3:01 pm

Terry Pendleton should be the next Braves coach.

BuckheadBrave

September 1st, 2010
3:01 pm

Bobby shouldnt be allowed to change his mind. Brett Favre him. Your’e done, you want to manage you can go mishandle another teams pitching staff

5150 P.O.A.D

September 1st, 2010
3:06 pm

BuckheadBrave and others bit..ing about soldout games. The Braves don’t need to sellout games. They have the greatest TV package in Pro baseball. The braves couldn’t win crap in the late 70’s and most of the 80’s. They didn’t sellout games but Turner could sell them on TV in the south. That has not changed. I was at Chillies back in the early 00’s and some out of town guys were at the bar with me watching playoff baseball. They were saying that they would love to see a playoff game. I told them I would drive and we could go se the Braves game and get good seats from the box office not street prices. They didn’r believe me so I offered to buy all 4 of their tickets if I didn’t deliver. Well, you know “THE REST OF TEH STORY”. They had a great time and we all had fun.

The Bream Team

September 1st, 2010
3:08 pm

Any chance Julio Franco could be brought in on the new staff? I always thought he would wind up in a coaching job with the Braves

ReddJonn68

September 1st, 2010
3:08 pm

@ mcdaviddawg That is exactly why I threw Torre’s name out there , I know people may laugh but who cares. My point is our next skipper needs to be someone with a decent postseason track record !!! I don’t care who we get, the incoming manager knows he will see some postseason action before he leaves here.

hmmmm.........

September 1st, 2010
3:09 pm

Bobby isn’t really retiring he’s just taking a smaller role so he can spend more time with the family. His wife won’t let him manage anymore.

wahoo wah

September 1st, 2010
3:11 pm

If Bobby really leaves, no matter who they hire it will be a short term deal. It’s hard to follow a legend. The next guy will get around three years before he gets canned, and if we’re lucky Fredi will reach the end of his tenure with the Cubbies on the same timetable, making him a good candidate for the manager after the next guy.

A Brave on the Heach in Hi

September 1st, 2010
3:11 pm

First option for Next year’smgr shud by Joe T
Second shud be Lou P
either of the two preferable over freddi and or T. P.

A Brave on the Heach in Hi

September 1st, 2010
3:12 pm

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hmmmm.........

September 1st, 2010
3:12 pm

Torre?? He’d have to take a big paycut to coach. How about eddie perez or maybe Chipper as a player/coach like Pete Rose.

Darryl Blackberry

September 1st, 2010
3:14 pm

Jeff: Does Frank Wren keep up with articles on AJC.com? I think this is something he ought to read ASAP.