The Atlanta Braves have fired manager Fredi Gonzalez after the team got off to one of the worst starts in recent memory. At 9-28, the Braves are already 13.5 games back of the first-place Washington Nationals, and five games behind the Cincinnati Reds, the team with the second-worst record in the National League.
Brian Snitker, who had been the manager for Triple-A Gwinnett, will become Atlanta's new interim manager through the end of the season. This is the second time that Snitker has filled a void left by Fredi Gonzalez, the first time being in 2006 when Snitker replaced Gonzalez as the Braves' third base coach after Gonzalez left to manage the Marlins.
Along with Gonzalez, the Braves also fired bench coach Carlos Tosca, who presumably did a poor job bench coaching. For those keeping score, Tosca will be replaced by current first base coach Terry Pendelton, who will be replaced by bullpen coach Eddie Perez, with Gwinnett pitching coach Marty Reed being called up to replace Perez.
The Braves are averaging 3.08 runs per game, worst in all of baseball, so it is going to take a lot more than a coaching shake-up to right the ship. The Mets have won five of six games against the Braves so far, and will face them thirteen more times this season.