Braves Critics Experience Black Wednesday

Fredi Gonzalez

Fredi Gonzalez

Atlanta Braves critics experienced the worst day you could imagine.  Both general manager Frank Wren and manager Fredi Gonzalez were rewarded with contract extensions on the same day.

A friend of mine who hosts a radio show in Jacksonville, FL is a huge Frank Wren critic.  Nearly every time the Braves would lose or B.J. Upton would strike out, he would text me, “Fire Wren.”

When you consider the success the Braves have had the past few years, despite having a mid-tier payroll, I find it strange that the Wren and Gonzalez critics are as vocal as they are.  Gonzalez has a better winning percentage as Braves manager than Bobby Cox and he is doing it without future Hall of Famers John Smoltz, Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux and all Ted Turner‘s money funding a bloated payroll.

The Braves have gone to the playoffs three times since 2009 and won more games than any other National League team during that time period.  On Gonzalez’s watch the Braves have won more games than all major league teams except the Texas Rangers.

The Dan Uggla trade and the B.J. Upton free agent signing are the two moves on Wren’s watch that drives Braves critics crazy.  But what general manager doesn’t have trades or free agent signings go south?

What do you think of the Braves extending Wren and Schuerholz and why is there all the criticism from fans?

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Jim has covered the Atlanta Braves since 2008 for local and national broadcast news organizations. He also appears regularly talking Braves baseball on WCCP-FM in Clemson, South Carolina, and the ESPN Radio affiliate, 1420 Sports in St. Augustine, Florida.

  • NorthAlabamaGM

    I like it. Didn’t hate the Uggla trade. if we got the first year every year … I would be happy with Uggla. So far the BJ upton signing is my biggest outstanding gripe.

    • http://atlantabullpen.com/ Jim Hart

      It doesn’t bother me as much when a player doesn’t produce who is signed for a big contract as it does when there are guys on the bench who are producing who aren’t given the shot to take the big money guy’s place. It compounds the mistake by keep playing the guy when he doesn’t deserve it. Hopefully B.J. and Uggla produce, if not they need to sit on the bench and let others get the at bats.

  • Tim Creasy

    I love it! I don’t understand why braves fans are so critical of them!

    • http://atlantabullpen.com/ Jim Hart

      Tim, welcome to Atlanta Bullpen!

  • Steve Bell

    I really don’t get it either. Wren has done an amazing job of assembling talent,
    mostly homegrown. His recent ability to lock that talent up for years to come at a very reasonable price allow me to appreciate him even more. Freddi’s numbers speak for itself. Nobody could have predicted the results we have gotten from Uggla and Upton to date. I do hope Dan is on a short leash and Frank doesn’t hesitate to pull the trigger if he doesn’t bounce back early the year though. I say to the both of them “keep up the good work” this Brave’s fan is very satisfied with the product.

    • http://atlantabullpen.com/ Jim Hart

      Steve, welcome to the blog! I guess the Braves do need to advance in the playoffs one of these seasons soon for the love to continue to flow towards Wren and Gonzalez. What year do you think they need to do it by?

      • Steve Bell

        I absolutely think expectations point toward this season as it pertains to playoff success. Freddi needs to find the right lineup and stick with it…..and that goes for a consistant batting order too. They have what it takes, they need to realize their potential THIS YEAR.

        • Mike Crowe

          I agree, and good points. All those lineup changes bothered me a little, like the manager didn’t know what he was doing or what he has. You shake it up now and again but geez. I’ve still got too many whys, but it’s hard to argue with winning, even if it’s been in spite of the resignees at times IMO.