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He played baseball at Southridge High School before being selected by the New York Yankees in the 1982 amateur draft.
Gonzalez was born in Holguín, Cuba to Fredi and Caridad González. He grew up in Miami, Florida, where he attended Southridge High School. He was signed by the New York Yankees after being their 16th selection in the 1982 amateur draft. He spent six years as a catcher in the Yankees farm system, though never advancing above the AA level. After two years as a graduate assistant coach for the University of Tennessee Volunteers he began his managerial career in 1990, taking over the Miami Miracle of the Florida State League.
González continued with the Miracle into 1991 until he joined the Florida Marlins organization in 1992. He was chosen to be the first coach to instruct the first Marlins prospects of the franchise assigned to the Erie Sailors minor league team. González coached throughout the Marlins organization, including a 1997 stop as manager of the Portland Sea Dogs, the AA Eastern League affiliate of the Marlins; he managed the Sea Dogs to a first-place finish in the Eastern League's Northern Division, with a record of 79–63. He moved to the big league club in 1999 as third base coach for the 1999 and 2000 seasons.
After leaving the Marlins, González spent 2002 with the Braves' Richmond affiliate, and moved up to the major league Atlanta club early in the 2003 season. On October 3, 2006, González was named the manager of the Florida Marlins within hours of Joe Girardi being fired. González was named as a coach for the 2007 NL All-Star Team, replacing Willie Randolph who was undergoing shoulder surgery. After the 2008 season, Gonzalez was named the Sporting News Manager of the Year.
After a victory against the St. Louis Cardinals in 2010, González had won more games than any other manager in Marlins history. On June 23, 2010, González was fired as Marlins manager. González led the Marlins to winning seasons in 2008 and 2009, despite working with the lowest payroll in the Major Leagues. The Marlins decided to replace González with Edwin Rodriguez as the interim manager.
On October 13, 2010, González was officially named the new manager for the Atlanta Braves, succeeding the retiring Bobby Cox. In his first season managing the team, he led the Braves to an 8 ⁄2-game lead in the National League Wild Card race on August 26, only to suffer a historic collapse and lose the spot to the eventual World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals on the final day. González was criticized for overworking his bullpen during September.
González was able to rebound Atlanta the following season, finishing with a 94–68 record and a wild card berth. On October 5, 2012, González managed his first postseason game as a Major League manager. It was a 6–3 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2012 National League Wild Card Game at Turner Field. González put this game under protest after the infield fly rule was called by umpire Sam Holbrook on a ball that fell in shallow left field in the bottom of the eighth inning. González earned his first major league postseason win on October 4, 2013, in a 4–3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Turner Field in Game 2 of the National League Division Series.
After a 9–28 start in 2016, González was fired by the Braves on May 17.
On November 7, 2016, the Miami Marlins hired González as their third base coach. González did not return to the Marlins for the 2020 season. On December 5, 2019, it was reported that González would join the Baltimore Orioles as a major league coach; this was confirmed by the Orioles on December 23.
Currently, Fredi González is 57 years, 8 months and 27 days old. Fredi González will celebrate 58th birthday on a Friday 28th of January 2022.
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