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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

You’re FIRED!

The Atlanta Braves announced the firing of Manager Fredi González today, ending yet another underachieving chapter in the story of the Atlanta Braves franchise. The Braves are 9-28 as of Tuesday morning. González was 434-413 (.512 pct.) in his sixth season as the Braves’ manager.

González filled the huge shoes of Hall of Fame Manager Bobby Cox in 2011. In spite of inheriting a wealth of talent, the Braves only reached the postseason twice, in 2012 and 2013, being eliminated in the Wild Card Game and the National League Divisional Series, respectively. The last three seasons, inclusive of 2016, have been nothing short of disastrous in Atlanta.

The Braves are the only Major League team that can confidently remove any thought of playing in the postseason, with single digit wins in the middle of May. Its talent has completely eroded and gone undeveloped. While the Braves’ front office did González few favors with some of its player transactions, González did little to help himself with a series of questionable lineup, rotation, and in-game decisions.

Interim manager Brian Snitker is the next man up. Expect more of the same throughout the duration of this already-lost 2016 Atlanta Braves season. Insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different result. That the Braves have been the most successful franchise in the National League in the last quarter-century yet only have one World Series championship to show for it appears to be a product of insanity.

Only a visit from Milton to the Braves headquarters can right this ship.

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