Despite the almost constant scrutiny surrounding his job performance, the Atlanta Braves have performed exceedingly well in the win column since manager Fredi Gonzalez took the reins prior to the 2011 regular season. As a result of the team’s stellar showing during the 2013 campaign and a portion of the 2014 slate, Gonzalez has been named to the coaching staff for the 2014 MLB All-Star Game.
Cardinals manager Mike Matheny has placed #Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez on his NL All-Star coaching staff.
— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) June 11, 2014
St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny is the manager due to his team’s trek to the World Series last season, but this is an honor for Fredi. Gonzalez has finished in the top-5 in Manager of the Year voting in each of his three full seasons on the Atlanta bench, and under his direction, the Braves have a combined record of 313-236 (.570 winning percentage) with two post-season appearances.
To be certain, there are a handful of things (or more) that Gonzalez routinely does that madden portions of the diehard fan base, but because Fredi comes from the school of Bobby Cox, much of his off-field impact is likely immeasurable to the team. Congratulations to the Atlanta Braves manager on a nice honor.