Braves Manager Fredi Gonzalez to Return for Fifth Season in 2015

ATLANTA, Ga. - Atlanta Braves interim general manager John Hart announced today that manager Fredi Gonzalez will return for his fifth season with the Braves in 2015. Gonzalez is under contract through the 2015 campaign.

Gonzalez, 50, is the winningest manager in the National League since joining the Braves in October 2010. In his four seasons as Atlanta's skipper the Braves have gone 358-290 (.552). Atlanta averaged 93 wins per season over his first three campaigns (2011-13) before a 79-83 (.488) finish in 2014. Gonzalez has led the Braves to two postseason appearances, including the National League East division title in 2013 (96-66, .593). He owns a career record of 634-569 (.527) in eight major league seasons. He previously managed the Florida Marlins from 2007 to 2010.

In addition, Hart announced that Bo Porter has been named as third-base/outfield and baserunning coach. Porter replaces third-base coach Doug Dascenzo. Also, advance/assistant hitting coach Scott Fletcher will not return to the team in 2015. Hitting coach Greg Walker announced his resignation on September 30.

Porter, 42, previously managed the Houston Astros in 2013-14 and has 20 years of experience as a player, coach and manager in the major and minor leagues. He served three seasons (2007-09) as third-base coach and outfield/baserunning instructor under Fredi Gonzalez with the Marlins. 

Prior to taking over as Astros manager, Porter spent two seasons (2011-12) as third-base coach for the Washington Nationals. He spent the 2010 season as third-base coach and also as bench coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Porter's coaching debut came in 2005, when he served as hitting coach for Class-A Greensboro of the South Atlantic League.  

During his professional playing career, Porter played in parts of three seasons in the Major Leagues as an outfielder for the Chicago Cubs (1999), Oakland A's (2000) and Texas Rangers (2001), appearing in a total of 89 games. He appeared in two playoff games for Oakland during the 2000 season.

A native of Newark, NJ, Porter and his wife Stacey reside in Houston with their son, Bryce. He attended the University of Iowa, where he starred in baseball and football, earning All-Big 10 honors in both sports and MVP honors on the football team as a senior in 1994.

The remainder of the Braves staff, including pitching coach Roger McDowell, bench coach Carlos Tosca, first-base coach Terry Pendleton and bullpen coach Eddie Perez, will all return for 2015.

The Braves will immediately begin a search for the two open positions on the coaching staff.