I just can’t understand something. For the life of me, I can’t understand why there is so much disdain for Braves skipper Fredi Gonzalez.
Now, in his 2 and half seasons with the Braves, they had a meltdown on the last day to avoid getting to the playoffs in his first season and lost the play in game last year. This year, they are poised to be making another deep post season run. It has been 8 years since the team of the 1990s won the NL East, and it is long past due. Fredi has got the Braves in position to make the playoffs, something that couldn’t be consistently said the final few years of the Cox era.
This post probably could have had more traction before the Braves hit their dry spell in June against subpar competition. The month of June has not been kind to the Braves, posting a 12-11 record this month. However, the case reamains that the Braves have a 6 game lead in the NL East, are only 3.5 games back for the overall NL lead, and if the Braves played in the AL, would only be .5 game off for the top spot in the AL.
I love Bobby Cox. Great manager. But Bobby did somethings that drove me crazy. His treatment of his bullpen was paramount. That is the biggest complaint against Fredi.
But what do we expect? Fredi was Bobby Cox’s hand picked choice to follow him. Bobby’s admiration for Fredi was obvious when he spoke out against the Marlins firing of him. The Marlins firing Fredi made it easier for the Braves to get him to come back home and follow in the footsteps of his mentor.
Aside from the love of Copenhagen long cut and cussing out umpires, Fredi manages in a style similar to Cox. Now, they aren’t the same person, but very similar. If by saying you don’t like the style of Fredi, you are saying you didn’t like the style of Bobby Cox.
Be paitent fans. Baseball is a long season.