The Atlanta Braves have not won a playoff series since 2001, which is hard to believe when you think about all the good teams they have had since that win over the Houston Astros in the ’01 NLDS.
When appearing on radio shows lately, I’ve been asked how much pressure is on the Braves and particularly manager Fredi Gonzalez and general manager Frank Wren, to not only make the playoffs this season, but to win a series. Pressure as in what?
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If the Braves make the playoffs and don’t win a series, or don’t make the playoffs at all, will Fredi Gonzalez and/or Frank Wren lose their jobs? No, they won’t. Will the Braves disband as a team? No, they won’t.
The Braves and the Braves management will do what they always do and that is get up every day and do everything they can to win. If they don’t, they will be frustrated and unhappy and probably more than a little pissed off.
But Gonzalez and Wren won’t be fired and as long as a person has job security, in reality there is no more pressure than the pressure they put on themselves.
One thing that we have learned about the Braves all these years is that they win a lot and when they don’t, they don’t panic.