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Fired now, but Fredi Gonzalez could be the Braves manager next year

Jun 23, 2010, 10:28 AM EDT

The first thing I thought when I read that the Marlins have fired Fredi Gonzalez is that he has to be the front runner to become the Braves’ manager after Bobby Cox retires at the end of the year.

Gonzalez was the Braves’ third base coach before taking the Florida job. Last winter, when it seemed like the Marlins were jerking Gonzalez around, Bobby Cox came out in his defense, saying that his job being in jeopardy was “the biggest surprise I’ve had all season,” and praising him as being
“knowledgeable, a great communicator, disciplines well . . .”

It seemed clear to me, anyway, that he was being groomed by Cox back in the day, and though Cox has denied that he’ll take any part in naming his replacement, you have to think that his recommendations will carry an awful lot of weight for a team that loves continuity in such matters.

But even if the Braves don’t hire him, you have to think someone will.  Like Joe Girardi before him, any many who Jeff Loria sees fit to fire probably has a lot to recommend about him. 

  1. YankeesfanLen - Jun 23, 2010 at 10:49 AM

    Where’s Old Gator? Composing his tome or waiting on hold to comment on WQAM?

  2. Mark L Smith - Jun 23, 2010 at 11:07 AM

    It might be an interesting battle between Gonzalez and Eddie Perez.

  3. Old Gator - Jun 23, 2010 at 6:37 PM

    The “Fat Freddi Fired” news broke while I was down at the gym trying to atone for a week of overindulgence in New Mexico. I’ve peppered the comment zones under some of the other posts with my profound insights, liberally spattered with pure bile. As always.
    To remain marginally relevant – also as always – I would like to warn Craig to start pulling whatever strings he has with the Brave’s front office, as the song says, not to do what the Feesh have done. I say this only because I have Craig’s best interests at heart, knowing in the secret recesspools of my own heart that nothing would make it more likely for the Feelies to secure a hegemonic hammerlock on the division like having an opportunity to outsmart Fat Freddi eighteen times a year.

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