The Atlanta Braves have extended the contract of manager Fredi Gonzalez through the 2016 season with an option for 2017, the club announced Friday.
The extension by the Atlanta Braves also extends his coaching staff, which includes: Pitching Coach Roger McDowell, Hitting Coach Kevin Seitzer, Bullpen Coach and former courageous Eddie Perez, First Base Coach and 1991 NL MVP with the Braves Terry Pendleton, Third Base Coach Bo Porter, and Bench Coach Carlos Tosca. In fact, the team has never disclosed the financial terms regarding Gonzalez’s salary as long as he has been managing the team.
Gonzalez, who succeeded Bobby Cox after his retirement, was named manager of the Braves on October 13, 2010.
The Braves will move into a new ballpark in 2017. As was reported by Dan Klepal and Brad Schrade of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the new stadium, SunTrust Park, is valued at $622 million. Louis Cardinals. The very next season they won the National League East division title where they won 96 games, but would lose in the division series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Atlanta has registered a 400-337 in 4.5 seasons under Gonzalez. He’s led two teams to 90-win seasons in 2012 and 2013.
The 51-year-old Gonzalez previously managed the Marlins from 2007-2010.
While talking about Gonzalez’s extension, Hart took most of the blame for the poor bullpen – which has the second-worst ERA in baseball – the Braves have had this season.
The Braves made a major overhaul of the big-league roster during the offseason, trading away All-Stars Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Craig Kimbrel, as well as popular slugger Evan Gattis, among others. 198 with 21 home runs, 67 RBI and 32 steals across two seasons after inking a five-year, $75.25 million deal prior to the 2013 campaign.