Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez finishes 3rd in NL Manager of the Year vote


Sep 22, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez during the sixth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

One week ago, we brought you news that Braves skipper Fredi Gonzalez was named as a “finalist” for the National League Manager of the Year award, but on Tuesday, the final voting was revealed.

Unfortunately, Gonzalez finishes 3rd among the 3 finalists (as noted by’s Mark Bowman above) as both Clint Hurdle of the Pirates (the winner) and Don Mattingly of the Dodgers surpassed him in the balloting. As far as the tally goes, Fredi did garner 3 1st-place votes (more than Mattingly’s 2), but the majority of the voters (16, to be exact) had him 3rd, and Clint Hurdle ran away with things with 25 1st-place selections.

This isn’t a “slight” of any kind in my view, as while Gonzalez is certainly improving, I don’t consider him to be among the game’s best at his occupation. The real argument for Gonzalez in this voting was the “exceeded expectations” narrative with the Braves winning their first division title in nearly a decade, but with the massive turnaround by the Pirates, that wasn’t going to stand up.

It’s far too easy to make jokes about any of the 3 candidates (chiefly Mattingly, who any Braves fan could reference as the guy who walked Reed Johnson to pitch to Jason Heyward), but Gonzalez’s nomination was an honor nonetheless.