Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that former Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez has talked to the Miami Marlins about becoming their third base coach. Bowman says Gonzalez is “still mulling a few other opportunities” however.
That he’s even considering the Marlins is rather shocking. Yes, everyone’s gotta eat, but Gonzalez and the Marlins had a pretty notable falling out several years ago. Gonzalez was fired by the Marlins in 2010 after winning more games than any other Marlins manager ever had and after winning Sporting News’ manager of the year award in 2008. He then rejoined the Braves, taking over for Bobby Cox in 2011.
In 2012, Gonzalez and Marlins owner got into a public spat when Gonzalez noted — quite correctly, mind you — that “[t]here’s not a manager dead or alive that Jeffrey thinks is good enough. Not Connie Mack, not anyone.” And, indeed, Loria by then had a pretty short but rich history of going through managers who had won and won big elsewhere, such as Joe Girardi and Ozzie Guillen. In response, Loria called Gonzalez “classless” and “a colossal failure.”
I guess anyone can make up and play nice. If Billy Martin and George Steinbrenner can make nice, I suppose Gonzalez and Loria can.