Why All The Fredi Hate?

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.




7 Responses to “Why All The Fredi Hate?”

  1. 1 Mg4life0331 June 24, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    The downfall started when Leo Mannzone? the old pitching coach went to the Orioles.

  2. 2 Greg June 24, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    I don’t blame it all on Fredi, but a bunch of hitters who can’t come close to hitting their weight and will be among the all-time strikeout leaders as a team combined with a pitching staff that doesn’t have anything resembling an ace is not the formula for a team “poised to be making another deep post-season run”.

    The Braves have played .500 ball since the first two weeks of the season and the only reason they are currently in the position they are in is because the rest of the division has sucked to this point. Hopefully, the Nats and Phils will continue to fall short of expectations, but that doesn’t make me feel any better about what’s going to happen when the Braves face a legit team in the playoffs. Same ol’ story for 20+ years with one exception…and that lone exception occurred way back in 1995.

    • 3 Corbindawg June 24, 2013 at 7:05 pm

      The Braves are just a few games off from NL and would be at the top of AL. So the rest of the Division sucking has no bearing on the Braves overall record when they are keeping pace with the best teams in baseball.

  3. 4 Greg June 24, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Again, the Braves are playing .500 ball since their hot start. They would currently be in 4th place in the NL Central behind the Cards, Pirates and Reds so I don’t know where you are getting that they are keeping pace with the best teams in baseball. They are not. They just lost series to two really bad teams in the Mets and Brewers.

  4. 7 Mr. Sanchez June 25, 2013 at 9:58 am

    I’m with you Corbin. A lot of the complaints about Gonzalez are the same things Bobby Cox used to do, but rarely got railed on for making those mistakes. It’s a double standard, but I guess that goes with the territory for someone like Gonzalez, who is following Cox’s Hall of Fame career, and someone like Cox who took over from a long line of losing.

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