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Detroit Tigers to interview Fredi Gonzalez for managerial position

Despite a large field of contenders, Fredi might be the frontrunner for the job

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The Tigers will interview Marlins third base coach, Fredi Gonzalez, for their managerial opening on Thursday, according to Katie Strang of The Athletic.

In a separate article, Strang interviewed Tigers third baseman Nick Castellanos on what the team is looking for in a manager:

“I think the manager taking time out to chat with the players one-on-one, ask them how they are feeling, what they are thinking,” Castellanos explained. “The good thing about a manager is that they were supposed to have been there before, and so they've been through the up and downs and struggles as a player. And with the process we have coming forward of getting a bunch of rookies and young guys accustomed to competing with veterans, he needs to make that process [move] more quickly so players don't get down on themselves and put clarity into a lot of jumbled thoughts rookies can have.”

Overall, Gonzalez has drawn mixed reviews as a manager. While most fans in Atlanta and Miami were generally unhappy with his in-game decision-making he has generally been well-liked by his players.

Gonzalez is best known nationally for his time with the Atlanta Braves, which lasted from 2011 to 2016. However, he got his start in the Marlins organization back in 1992. He was a part of the minor league system’s coaching staff for seven years before serving as the team’s third base coach in 1999 and 2000. In 2007 he became the manager for the Fish, and held a 276-279 record, including winning records in 2008 and 2009. Despite holding the title of winningest manager in franchise history at the time, Gonzalez was fired midway through the 2010 season.

Gonzalez then moved back to Atlanta, and managed the Braves to three consecutive winning seasons from 2011 to 2013. In 2013 they claimed the NL East title. However, Gonzalez was fired after starting the 2016 season with a 9-28 record. He was hired by the Marlins as a third base coach last offseason.

While Gonzalez has a solid chance to become the head honcho in Detroit, he is joining an extensive list of at least 50 names from all around baseball.