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?