Some early Braves reaction about Fredi
Fredi Gonzalez called Bobby Cox around 8 a.m. CT today to inform him that he had been dismissed as the Marlins manager. It’s safe to say Cox doesn’t think too highly of Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria.
“I was shocked,” Cox said. “I know that (owner) is unpredictable. But everything that he has done for that guy, are (you) kidding me? Every year, they’ve played their (butts) off. That guy didn’t appreciate anything. He’s one of those guys that thinks you change (just to change). He’s always wanting to fire the coaches. Always. That’s his history. He lost a good one there.”
While the Braves aren’t commenting on the possibility that Gonzalez would serve as Cox’s successor after this season, Chipper Jones is one of the many who thinks it would be good to get him back in the organization.
“I think everybody here would love to have Fredi back,” Jones said. ” He coached third base here for a few years and learned a lot from Bobby. He knows how things work around here. All the guys love him. I think he’d be a great fit. In what capacity? That remains to be seen.”
Earlier today, I said there might be a chance Gonzalez would join the coaching staff at some point this year. But I think there’s a much better chance that he is given a role that would allow him to serve as an advisor, who would spend some time at Turner Field and also get a better feel for the Minor League system.