Braves transition from Cox to Gonzalez

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ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves made it official on Wednesday and named Fredi Gonzalez as the successor to retiring manager Bobby Cox.

Cox's tenure ended on Monday when the San Francisco Giants eliminated the Braves in the National League Division Series. He spent 25 seasons as Atlanta's manager, first from 1978-81 and again from 1990-2010.

The Braves won five National League pennants and the 1995 World Series, capturing 14 straight division titles during Cox's incredibly successful second go-round with the franchise.

"I don't know if I've had an imprint [on the organization]," said Cox on Wednesday at his farewell press conference. "The team and organization has established itself as a high-end organization. We want to maintain that for sure. I think a lot of organizations have patterned themselves after the way we've built things here."

The Braves' run finally ended in 2006 and they were absent from the postseason until this year, when the club earned a playoff spot as the wild card in the National League.

Cox said he expects to remain involved with the Braves by serving as one of the team's advisers.

"I know I can help certain ways," Cox remarked. "If asked, I can scratch my brain and give certain answers."

The 69-year-old Cox said he expects to be at spring training next year, but is not sure what type of role he will play.

"I am going to come to camp a little bit," Cox stated. "It's one of the most enjoyable times players, coaches and managers have. [My role] depends on how much the manager wants me around and how much I can help."

Gonzalez will be the one to make those choices, as the Braves tabbed the former Florida skipper as Cox's replacement.

"We think he is the ideal fit for our ballclub as we go forward," said Braves general manager Frank Wren about 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. The Marlins were 34-36 this season when they fired Gonzalez on June 23 and replaced him with Edwin Rodriguez.

"It's an honor and privilege to manage a baseball club like the Atlanta Braves," said Gonzalez at Wednesday's news conference. "Nobody could replace [Cox]. Our goal is to keep putting [pennant-winning] flags up there. We just want to continue the winning tradition and go from there."

Gonzalez was the third base coach of the Braves from 2003-06. He also spent 2002 as manager of the Braves' Triple-A affiliate, then located in Richmond.

"When I left to go to Florida, our relationship stayed strong," Gonzalez said about the daunting task of replacing Cox. "I don't feel any outside pressure because I'm the next guy after Bobby. Somebody's got to do it. I feel honored that they asked me to do it."

Cox was clearly in favor of Gonzalez as the choice to replace him.

"Fredi's a great pick to move the organization forward," Cox remarked. "It will be an easy transition. He's got more ideas, better ideas, and will keep this thing going."

Wren also announced that Terry Pendleton, recently the batting coach under Cox, will be first base coach and infield instructor, while Brian Snitker will remain third base coach and Roger McDowell will continue as the pitching coach. Carlos Tosca will join the staff as Gonzalez's bench coach.


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