Fredi Gonzalez is in his sixth season as the Braves' skipper and his 10th overall as a Major League manager. He owns a career record of 701-664 (.514) and a record of 425-385 (.525) in five seasons with the Braves.
Gonzalez has finished in the top five in BBWAA Manager of the Year voting four times in his career, including three of the last five seasons (he was third in 2013), and owns an impressive .539 winning percentage in his nine seasons of intradivision play in the NL East, including a .546 mark with the Braves.
The Braves established an N.L. record by using 60 different players in 2015 and second only to the 64 players used by the 2014 Texas Rangers. A total of 16 players made their Major League debut for Atlanta, including 13 pitchers (the most for any team since the 1915 Philadelphia A's, which had 21). On July 7, the club held a 42-42 record and was just four games out of first place, but injuries to several key players, including first baseman Freddie Freeman and closer Jason Grilli, combined with a series of trading deadline deals, sent the club to a 67-95 overall finish. The Braves went 28-18 (.609) in one-run games, the fourth-best mark in the majors in such contests.
The Braves tied for second place in the National League East Division in 2014, with a record of 79-83. On opening day (March 31) at Milwaukee, Gonzalez had the distinction of being the first manager to issue a challenge which led umpires to reverse a call under Major League Baseball's expanded replay system. The Braves were successful on 24 of their 36 (67%) replay challenges on the year, the second-best rate in the majors and tops in the NL. Gonzalez served as a coach for the National League at the All-Star Game in Minneapolis, under manager Mike Matheny.
Gonzalez led the Braves to a 96-66 mark and the NL East title in 2013. Atlanta jumped out to a 12-1 start that season and held a 54-41 record and a six-game division lead at the All-Star break. The Braves went 42-25 after the break and won the division title by 10 games, marking their first NL East crown since 2005. Atlanta posted a 10-game winning streak in early April and then a 14-game winning streak from July 26 to August 9 to become the first Braves squad since 1954 to post two winning streaks of 10-or-more games in the same season.
After an 89-73 finish in 2011, Gonzalez led Atlanta to a 94-68 mark and the top seed in the NL Wild Card Game in 2012.
On October 13, 2010, Gonzalez was introduced as the Club's 16th manager since the organization moved to Atlanta in 1966. He replaced the legendary Bobby Cox, who retired from managing at the conclusion of the 2010 season. Gonzalez was the Braves' third base coach under Cox for four seasons (2003 to 2006) and served as the organization's Triple-A manager at Richmond in 2002.
Gonzalez, 52, served as the manager for the Florida Marlins for three-plus seasons (2007 through June 22, 2010) and went 276-279 with the Marlins, including 34-36 in 2010. He is the all-time winningest manager in Marlins franchise history, surpassing Jack McKeon's 241 career wins.
In 2009, Gonzalez led Florida to an 87-75 record, marking the sixth time in franchise history the club finished above .500. He was named the 2008 Sporting News National League Manager of the Year after guiding the Marlins to an 84-77 record in his second year as skipper, as he became just the third Marlins manager to lead the team to a winning record.
Gonzalez was named the Marlins' manager on October 3, 2006, replacing Joe Girardi. In Gonzalez's debut season in 2007 the Marlins went 71-91 and he served as a coach for the National League at the All-Star Game in San Francisco, under manager Tony La Russa.
Following a six-year (1982-87) playing career as a catcher in the New York Yankees' farm system, Gonzalez began his coaching career in 1990, when he took over as manager of the unaffiliated Miami Miracle (A) of the Florida State League with 20 games remaining on their schedule. He continued his post as manager of the Miracle in 1991, then moved to the Marlins organization in 1992, when he was named the first minor league manager in Marlins franchise history. He led the 1992 Erie (A) club to a 40-37 record en route to the New York-Penn League championship series.
Gonzalez managed for seven seasons in the Marlins organization, from 1992 to 1998, and served as third base coach at the Major League level from 1999 to 2001.
He was selected by Baseball America as the Eastern League Manager of the Year in 1997 and was recognized by Baseball America as the Florida State League Manager of the Year in 1994, after going 78-61 with Brevard County (A) and finishing second to Tampa in the FSL championship series.
In 1993, Gonzalez guided High Desert (A) to an 85-52 mark en route to becoming California League Champions - the first-ever championship by a Marlins' affiliate. He was named Baseball America's California League Manager of the Year in 1993 and received the Carl Barger Player Development Person of the Year award in 1993.
Gonzalez graduated from Miami's Southridge High School in 1982 and was selected by the Yankees in the 16th round of the 1982 June draft.
Gonzalez is active in fund-raising efforts for the Cindy Donald Dreams of Recovery Foundation (www.dreamsofrecovery.org), which helps to create a positive change for those individuals facing the challenges which accompany spinal cord and/or brain injuries.
He has a daughter, Gabrielle, and a son, Alex, and resides in Marietta, Ga.