González not returning as Marlins coach

October 10th, 2019

MIAMI -- Fredi González, the Marlins' third-base coach the past three season, will not be returning to the organization in 2020.

Earlier in the week, González informed Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill, that he wanted to pursue other options.

“I think it’s the right time right now to move on,” González told MLB.com on Thursday.

González thanked manager Don Mattingly and the organization for the opportunity to be on the staff the past three seasons.

González is the fourth member of Mattingly’s 2019 staff who will not be returning. At the end of the regular season, bench coach Tim Wallach announced he wanted to be closer to his family in California. Like González, Wallach is not retiring. But he wants to pursue opportunities closer to his home on the West Coast.

And earlier in the week, catching coach Brian Schneider and bullpen coach Dean Treanor, were informed they would not be offered contracts for next season. The contracts have expired for all the coaches on the 2019 staff.

Gonzalez is hopeful to either coach or manage again in the big leagues. The 55-year-old managed the Marlins from 2007 to parts of 2010, and he managed the Braves from '11 through early '16.

Born in Cuba and raised in Miami, Gonzalez returned to the Marlins as third-base coach in 2017, and his duties also included working with the outfielders.

The Marlins maintained managing stability by signing Mattingly to a two-year extension, and the organization is in the process of deciding which coaches will be with the club moving forward.