Report: Braves to name Fredi Gonzalez as manager

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ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves will reportedly name Fredi Gonzalez their new manager, replacing the retiring Bobby Cox.

According to a few media reports, including FOX 5 in Atlanta, Gonzalez, who spent three-plus seasons as manager of the Marlins, will take over, possibly as early as Thursday.

The Braves were eliminated from the playoffs Monday night as the San Francisco Giants won in Atlanta, capturing their National League Division Series in four games. That marked the end of the tenure for Cox, who was at the helm of the Braves from 1978-81 and 1990-2010. Cox won five NL pennants, including a World Series in 1995.

Atlanta won 14 consecutive division titles (1991-2005) under Cox, but now will turn the page, reportedly with Gonzalez. During his time with the Marlins, Gonzalez led the team to a 276-279 mark despite having one of the lowest payrolls in the majors. His best season came in 2009 when Florida went 87-75, but missed the playoffs. The Marlins were 34-36 this season when they fired Gonzalez and replaced him with Edwin Rodriguez.

Prior to his time with the Marlins, Gonzalez was the third base coach of the Braves from 2003-06. He also spent 2002 with the Braves' Triple-A affiliate, then located in Richmond.


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