After beginning the season 9-28 with the worst record in baseball through six weeks, the Atlanta Braves have fired manager Fredi Gonzalez.
That's according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. The team is expected to announce the news on Tuesday afternoon with Brian Snitker set to serve as interim skipper.
Gonzalez, 52, leaves the Braves after six seasons at the helm. He finished with a winning record three times and won the NL East in 2013. Last season the Braves went 67-95.
The Braves have dismantled their roster in recent years by trading away stars like Craig Kimbrel, Jason Heyward, Justin Upton and Andrelton Simmons. They were expected to lose this season, but have been even worse than many thought they would be.
The Braves have lost nine of their last 11 games and began the season just 5-18 in the month of May.
Atlanta has been camped out at the bottom of an otherwise improved NL East division. The Nats, Mets, Marlins and Phillies all have winning records with the Phillies, in particular, representing a surprise team.
Snitker had been serving as the manager at Triple-A Gwinnett before replacing Gonzalez. He was the Braves' third base coach from 2006 through 2013. He has 19 seasons of managerial experience in the minors, but has never managed at the big league level.
Gonzalez managed the Marlins from 2007 through 2010 before joining the Braves. He has a .506 career winning percentage in 10 seasons as a big league skipper.
Watching Max Scherzrer rack up Ks during a game is a usual sight for fans.
Dancing is not.
On Wednesday while the Sports Junkies were broadcasting at Nats Spring Training in West Palm Beach, we got a taste of what the back-to-back Cy Young Award winner has to offer on the dance floor.
With just about a week left until their season kicks off, manager Dave Martinez hired a DJ for the day's workout, saying he wanted to "turn it up a notch."
Well he turned it up a few too many notches, causing the back end of the complex where the Junkies were broadcasting to lose power.
While the Junkies were put in a pickle because of said DJ, we were able to get a glance of Scherzer dancing to Drakes' "God's Plan."
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It's nice to see the usually lazer-focused pitcher let loose.
While Scherzer's dance moves didn't actually cause the Junkies to lose power, it's nice to think they were too much for the ballpark to handle.
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It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.
It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.
They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training.
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Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.
Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.
Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.
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