Braves will bring back their entire coaching staff
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez admits that his offense never seemed to find a groove this season. But less than 24 hours after watching his club complete an epic late season collapse Wednesday night, Gonzalez sat at Turner Field Thursday afternoon and revealed that he and the rest of his coaching staff will return for the 2012 season.
“Everybody’s coming back,’ Gonzalez said. ” I invited them back and obviously they accepted, which is good. We’ve got a good staff.”
As the Braves lost 18 of their final 26 games and squandered the 8 1/2-game lead they owned with 23 games left in the National League Wild Card race, there were of places to place blame. The struggles of Jonny Venters and Craig Kimbrel enhanced questions surrounding the amount of innings they had pitched early in the season.
But one weakness that followed the club throughout the season seemed to be the offense, which was weakened down the stretch as Brian McCann and Martin Prado endured horrific stretches. This played a part in the fact that the Braves batted .195 with runners in scoring position during their last 26 games.
Still the Braves have opted to retain hitting coach Larry Parrish, who was hand picked by general manager Frank Wren to take over for Terry Pendleton last year.
“I think if you hire people, let them do their job,” Gonzalez said. ” If they’re organized, detailed and they work… it’s easy to fire somebody and just kind of throw somebody to the wolves. That’s not the way I work.
“You want coaches to be able to come in here and work in a good environment and not be worried looking over their shoulders about that kind of stuff. I’m sure LP will sit back and evaluate some things and maybe do some things different, like we all will.”
There will be more information and storied published later today on braves.com.