Fredi Jesus González (born January 28, 1964) is a Cuban-born American baseball coach and manager. He was most recently the third base coach for the Miami Marlins of Major League Baseball (MLB). He managed the Florida Marlins from 2007 to 2010 and the Atlanta Braves from 2011 to 2016. González was fired from both managing positions. For four seasons prior to 2007, he was the third base coach for the Atlanta Braves. Despite never reaching the playoffs with Florida, González nearly led the Braves to a playoff berth in his first season as manager in 2011. He then guided the Braves to the postseason in 2012 and 2013.
González with the Atlanta Braves
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|Born: January 28, 1964|
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Gonzalez was born in Holguín, Cuba to Fredi and Caridad González. He grew up in Miami, Florida, where he attended Southridge High School. He was signed by the New York Yankees after being their 16th selection in the 1982 amateur draft. He spent six years as a catcher in the Yankees farm system, though never advancing above the AA level. After two years as a graduate assistant coach for the University of Tennessee Volunteers he began his managerial career in 1990, taking over the Miami Miracle of the Florida State League.
González continued with the Miracle into 1991 until he joined the Florida Marlins organization in 1992. He was chosen to be the first coach to instruct the first Marlins prospects of the franchise assigned to the Erie Sailors minor league team. González coached throughout the Marlins organization, including a 1997 stop as manager of the Portland Sea Dogs, the AA Eastern League affiliate of the Marlins; he managed the Sea Dogs to a first-place finish in the Eastern League's Northern Division, with a record of 79–63. He moved to the big league club in 1999 as third base coach for the 1999 and 2000 seasons.
After leaving the Marlins, González spent 2002 with the Braves' Richmond affiliate, and moved up to the major league Atlanta club early in the 2003 season. On October 3, 2006, González was named the manager of the Florida Marlins within hours of Joe Girardi being fired. González was named as a coach for the 2007 NL All-Star Team, replacing Willie Randolph who was undergoing shoulder surgery. After the 2008 season, Gonzalez was named the Sporting News Manager of the Year.
After a victory against the St. Louis Cardinals in 2010, González had won more games than any other manager in Marlins history. On June 23, 2010, González was fired as Marlins manager. González led the Marlins to winning seasons in 2008 and 2009, despite working with the lowest payroll in the Major Leagues. The Marlins decided to replace González with Edwin Rodriguez as the interim manager.
On October 5, 2012, González managed his first postseason game as a Major League manager. It was a 6-3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2012 National League Wild Card Game at Turner Field. González put this game under protest after the Infield Fly Rule was called by umpire Sam Holbrook on a ball that fell in shallow left field in the bottom of the eighth inning. González earned his first major league postseason win on October 4, 2013, in a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Turner Field in Game 2 of the National League Division Series.
On November 7, 2016, the Miami Marlins hired González as their new third base coach.
Gonzalez will not return for the 2020 season.
- As of May 16, 2016
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Shortly after leaving the Braves, González moved to Malvern, Pennsylvania, to be with his fiancee. He is now married to Patrica. González has two children from a previous marriage with Pamela Miller, Gabrielle and Alex.
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- Bowman, Mark (October 13, 2010). "Braves act quickly, name Gonzalez skipper". Atlanta Braves, MLB.com. Major League Baseball Advanced Media. Archived from the original on June 16, 2011. Retrieved January 27, 2011.
- "MLB-worst Braves fire manager Fredi Gonzalez". ESPN.com. May 18, 2016. Retrieved January 4, 2017.
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- "Fredi returning to Marlins to be 3B coach". MLB.com. Retrieved December 13, 2016.
- "Fredi González". Baseball Reference.com. Sports Reference. Archived from the original on April 18, 2014. Retrieved December 18, 2014.
- Gelston, Dan (May 18, 2016). "Former Braves manager Gonzalez laughs off clumsy firing". Associated Press. Retrieved January 5, 2017.
- "Fredi Gonzalez begins life after Braves". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. May 19, 2016. Retrieved June 6, 2016.
- O'Brien, David (March 4, 2017). "Fired as Braves manager in May, Fredi returns as Marlins' third-base coach". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved September 29, 2018.
- O'Brien, David (May 13, 2017). "A year after Braves fired him, Fredi Gonzalez in a 'good place'". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved September 29, 2018.
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