More Extensions? Yes, But Perhaps Not the Ones You Expected

All smiles for Fredi. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Braves have officially removed that ‘lame duck’ status that was sort-of-but-not-really-looming over its management team today by inking both General Manager Frank Wren and field manager Fredi González to extensions.  Both will now be in their respective positions through at least the 2015 season.  Neither the financial terms nor the contract lengths have yet been released… or leaked.  The announcement was made this morning at the Disney World Spring Training facilities by team President John Schuerholz.

 

 

Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Wren joined the Braves in 1999 as the assistant GM to Schuerholz and was promoted to the top spot in 2007.  He has held that spot since then and will continue in that role for the foreseeable future.

Cuban native González started in the organization with the (then) Richmond Braves in 2002, joining Bobby Cox’s staff the next year.  After the 2006 season, he was named manager of the Florida Marlins, remaining until the middle of the 2010 season, which set up nicely for a return to Atlanta when Bobby Cox retired after that season.  As manager, Fredi’s lifetime record is now 555-486 (.533 win percentage).  In the regular season, he is 279-207 with Atlanta (.574), finishing second, second, and first in the NL Eastern division.  In that period of time, the Braves rank first in the NL in wins (Cardinals 275) and second in the majors (Rangers 280).

 

Topics: Atlanta Braves, Frank Wren, Fredi Gonzalez

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  • Dwight Billingsly

    that’s about enough if liberty media is looking to sell relatively soon. new owners would want new men, especially at g.m.; wren hasn’t won anything as g.m. fredi probably deserves another year. can’t understand what a new owner would like about a cobb county stadium (as opposed to a new stadium somewhere else) but who knows?

    • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

      Interesting. I gotta think that if they were really looking to sell, then they would not have started this whole stadium deal. In fact, selling now would probably scare Cobb County (and the politicians who’ve gone out on a limb for this deal). Now I could see a sale after 2017 once Liberty is able to demonstrate actual revenue increases from this enterprise… but if it works, I could also see them standing pat for the long term.

  • fireboss

    Only a year? Sounds like the dynamic due have to win this year.

    • http://tomahawktake.com/ carpengui

      That would be my guess, but thus far we don’t actually know.

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