A couple of weeks ago, I argued that the 2015 season was Fredi Gonzalez’s best so far as the manager of the Atlanta Braves, propelling his team of prospects and journeymen veterans into contention in a year when analysts speculated they would be one of the worst teams in the National League.
The Braves announced Friday that they have extended manager Fredi Gonzalez’s contract through the 2016 season, with a club option for ’17.
The Braves have extended Gonzalez through the 2016 season with a club option for 2017. Now in his ninth Major League season, Gonzalez owns a career record of 676-616 (.523).
Even though the organization has made wholesale changes throughout the front office as they have an eye towards their new ballpark in 2017, Gonzalez has had the backing and support since he arrived in 2011. As was reported by Dan Klepal and Brad Schrade of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the new stadium, SunTrust Park, is valued at $622 million.
The 51-year-old Gonzalez previously managed the Marlins from 2007-2010.
With a bevy of young talent still in the Atlanta Braves’ Minor League system, extending Fredi Gonzalez will only benefit young players such as Mallex Smith, Tyrell Jenkins, and Jose Peraza when they are eventually promoted to the Big League club. He’s led two teams to 90-win seasons in 2012 and 2013.
In the four plus seasons with Atlanta, Gonzalez has compiled a record of 400-337 (.543 winning percentage).
But Gonzalez was also at the helm for an epic collapse last season, after Atlanta went 27-40 after the All-Star Break and missed the playoffs despite being in first place for 94 days.
This was expected to be a rebuilding season after Jason Heyward, Justin Upton, Craig Kimbrel and Melvin Upton were traded. 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.