I’ve been hearing all season that players are frustrated with Gonzalez, that he essentially has lost the clubhouse. If that is the case, why should president of baseball operations John Hart wait to make a change? And why did he give Gonzalez an extension in the first place?
If the youngsters are not improving and the veterans are disenchanted, shouldn’t the Braves at least examine whether Gonzalez is part of the problem?
Coppolella, in an interview Saturday with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, said it was “unfair” to judge Gonzalez and pitching coach Roger McDowell, but declined to say definitively that both would be back.
Fredi’s extension and the Markakis contract are two of the most puzzling moves of the Hart regime. Markakis has provided some production, at least. I think we can all agree that Fredi is not one of the game’s better strategists. If the players are tuning him out, why would you even consider keeping him?