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UPDATE: Fredi Gonzalez to be named Braves manager Thursday

Oct 12, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

UPDATE: It’s done. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Braves will name Fredi Gonzalez as their next manager on Thursday.

6:00 PM: There has been almost zero speculation about who will be the next Braves’ manager. Why? Because everyone agrees that it will almost certainly be former Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez.  Indeed, the fact that none of the Braves writers are even playing the “who are the potential candidates” games to fill column inches leads me to believe that everyone knows it’s a done deal already but that the team has been holding off until the Braves season is over and Bobby Cox got his formal good-bye. Braves writers are pretty good at keeping an information embargo.

Well, the season is over now, so all bets are off. That has David O’Brein of the AJC is saying that Gonzalez will be named the Braves’ next manager right around the World
Series, either right before or right afterward.

It’s probably the best choice under the circumstances. Not that Gonzalez is the best managerial candidate full stop. Just that, given where the team is right now — competitive, loaded with players who are Cox’s guys — it was inevitable that the team would pick one of the many Cox proteges around the league.

Gonzalez was Bobby Cox’s third base coach for several years and Cox is quite fond of him. He’s available. When you add in the fact that unlike, say, Terry Pendelton or some others, Gonzalez has big league experience, the choice is pretty obvious.

  1. Utley's hair - Oct 12, 2010 at 6:23 PM

    NONONONONONONONO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    It MUST be first be given to Bobby Valentine at least twice–but three of four times to be safe–before ANYBODY can be given that job!!!!!!! It’s a rule!!!! It’s in that unwritten book around here somewhere.

  2. Kiwicricket - Oct 12, 2010 at 6:46 PM

    UPDATE: Sources familiar with the situation believe Bobby Valentine is interested in the Braves. Also notes interest in toxic strength fluoride toothpaste.

  3. Proudly Canadian - Oct 12, 2010 at 6:58 PM

    Is it true that Bobby Valentine hates the old Pat Boone song “Won’t you come home Speedy Gonzalez”?

  4. Utley's hair - Oct 12, 2010 at 7:06 PM

    I’ve heard that he does, but I’ve also heard that he doesn’t. He has to consult Brett Favre on that, but he’ll get back to you. Or he won’t.

  5. amhendrick - Oct 12, 2010 at 8:23 PM

    Is there a rule that you’ve got to interview various candidates, or is that just the NFL?

  6. The Ol Goaler - Oct 12, 2010 at 8:45 PM

    That’s the “Rooney Rule” in the NFL, in an effort to get minority candidates head-coaching jobs. MLB doesn’t have any rules about hiring managers or GMs… Baseball was actually ahead of the NFL in player integration (although 1947 was late enough to break the “color ban”); since Fredi’s originally Cuban, he would fulfill any such requirement, if baseball had any.

  7. Citi Field Urinal - Oct 12, 2010 at 10:10 PM

    I miss the Groucho Marx get-up, but Bobby V is a dick. A successful dick while manager of the Mets, but a dick.

  8. Old Gator - Oct 12, 2010 at 10:40 PM

    Fat Fredi is built for comfort. He ain’t built for speed. But he’s got everything that the little girls need.

  9. Old Gator - Oct 12, 2010 at 10:43 PM

    Handing a Cuban a halfassed bargain basement team with a boolpen that couldn’t throw a quark past a blind man and then firing him for not winning with it will really net Scrooge McLoria that broader Macondo fan base he craves, won’t it?

  10. hnirobert - Oct 13, 2010 at 8:45 AM

    Congrats Braves, you’ll be competitive but will lose 10 or so games minimum because of Fredi’s lack of managerial skillz.

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