OSG Sports has learned that Fredi Gonzalez will be the new manager of the Atlanta Braves succeeding Bobby Cox. A news conference is scheduled for Thursday to introduce Gonzalez.
At the OSG HQ, we have anticipated this. Gonzalez has close ties to Braves general manager Frank Wren. He's a close friend to Bobby Cox and was the Braves third base coach from 2003 to 2006.
One might say Gonzalez aced his managerial audition to succeed Cox in his three and a half years as the Florida Marlins manager. Despite a low payroll and working for an impossible owner, Gonzalez managed the Marlins to a 276-279 record.
It seems it's no secret in the Braves clubhouse that Gonzalez was the pick to succeed Cox.
"Fredi Gonzalez is always first in my mind that pops up, just because this organization has been run the same for so long," Braves pitcher Derek Lowe told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. "I can't imagine, especially since [Braves president John] Schuerholz is still here and Bobby's going to go upstairs, so you're going to have that same group of guys that have been running this organization successfully for so long, I can't see them all of a sudden saying, ‘Hey, let's go in a completely different direction than we've ever been in.'"
Those of us at the OSG HQ feel its a no brainer and Fredi Gonzalez is a great hire.
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