First Firing of Season: Braves Can Fredi Gonzalez, Promote Brian Snitker to Interim Manager

An American flag is lowered to half-staff at Turner Field in memory of a fan, Greg Murrey, who fell to his death at an Atlanta Braves game on August 29, 2015

The Atlanta Braves fired manager Fredi Gonzalez on Tuesday.

The Braves languished in last place in the NL East this season at a dreadful 9-28. The Braves posted a 2-8 record in their last ten and sit 13.5 games out of first place after only 37 games played. The rank worst in a total standings of all of MLB.

Atlanta promoted triple-A manager Brian Snitker to take over Gonzalez’s duties on an interim basis. This comes as Snitker’s first managerial position in the big leagues. He joined the Braves organization as a player in 1977 and has remained, off and on, since then. His bio on the team’s website notes, “In his 17 seasons as a manager, he compiled an overall record of 1,140-1,145 (.499). Five of his clubs advanced to postseason play, and he won two league championships (back-to-back titles with Myrtle Beach in 1999-2000) and two league Manager of the Year Awards (also in the Carolina League in 1999-2000).”

Gonzalez boasts a 434-413 record in six seasons as Braves skipper. He owned a record slightly below .500 in four seasons at the helm of the then Florida Marlins.

Gonzales departs as the first fired manager of 2016 and the first terminated Braves manager in 26 years.