To Frank Wren:
Pardon my candor, but it is not incorrect to say that Fredi Gonzalez is the Radio of Major League managers. I understand that the esteemed Bobby Cox recommended Fredi, but it was a really bad decision. As a knowledgeable baseball fan it is incredibly difficult to watch Fredi routinely make bad decisions. In my mind, the purpose of the manager is to put his players in a position to succeed. This is something that Fredi doesn't seem to understand and is the root of Fredi’s bad decision-making. He seems incapable of logically balancing cost and benefit in his decision making. That is unacceptable. Feelings do not occur on the field, and in fact, Fredi’s feelings have routinely been innovative at best (largely without success) and idiotic at worst. We understand that Fredi is not entirely responsible for the performance on the field, but the necessity of his job implies that he has some influence.
Unfortunately, I believe that that influence is negative. It is not entirely based on bad decisions, it is also seen in the lifelessness that this team has exhibited dating back to last year. The manager ,whose players have described at best as “even-keeled,” cannot have helped with this. Though I admit it is from an outside perspective, Fredi seems to have hurt a largely unchanged 2010 team that relied heavily on chemistry. That chemistry is not based on being "even-keeled" but by living and dying by the pitch and the play. The idea is that the manager is the figure head of the organization. He is the trend-setter, and Fredi sets a very unhealthy trend in our clubhouse. Watching B-Mac argue a call while Fredi sits lifeless in the dugout really helps express this point though it can be shown in many ways. However, emotional investment and synergy is the mindset that keeps a professional baseball player hungry, and that is why Bobby was so special, because he connected to the players. If Fredi Gonzalez has made such a connection then there are no signs, and in fact, he seems quite distant from the players.
And this raises the bigger point, that Fredi is not a good fit. I understand the mindset of showing loyalty to a new component of your organization. But we must then follow that to its conclusion. How many losses, how many bad decisions will it take to cement the idea that Fredi Gonzalez is NOT meant to be the manager of the Braves? At a certain stage a breaking point has to be reached, unfortunately that breaking point is defined by failure by the flagship of our organization. In my mind, that is unacceptable, and as with a cancer in the body, you must remove it before it spreads. With that in mind, we highly recommend replacing Fredi as manager of the Atlanta Braves. There is nothing to be lost but a lot to be gained.
Optimistic Braves Fan