See below for an update on the situation that has Gonzalez poised to become skipper of the Braves after speculation earlier today Gonzalez could be named prior to the World Series.
If anyone's plugged into the Braves, it's David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution . O'Brien believes Fredi Gonzalez will be hired as the new manager of the Braves either just before or after the World Series.
In perhaps the worst-kept secret since the day Fredi Gonzalez was fired, this marriage was inevitable. Gonzalez was a longtime coach for the Braves before taking on the Marlins' managerial job. He received strong reviews from in the industry but seemed to be constantly fighting an uphill battle with management. Atlanta has refused to speak publicly about Gonzalez and the job, preferring to wait until after Bobby Cox's final game to begin finding a new manager.
That may not make sense, given how deep the Pirates, Blue Jays, Cubs and Mariners are in in their own managerial searches. But Atlanta can afford to wait: Gonzalez wants to replace Cox, and the Braves want that as well, as has constantly been reported. Fredi interviewed for the Cubs job, but no real traction has occurred on that front.
Commissioner Bud Selig prefers a moratorium on other events of baseball during postseason play, which is why O'Brien believes the announcement could happen just before or after the World Series, but not during. Given that the commissioner would likely prefer to keep the focus on the World Series following the Championship Series, the Braves will likely wait until after to tab Gonzalez.
Cox retired after 29 seasons in the dugout Monday night when the Braves were eliminated in Game 4 of the NLDS against the Giants.
UPDATE : Forget waiting for just before the World Series. The Braves are expected to announce Gonzalez' hiring as manager, reports FOX News 5 . O'Brien confirms that the official announcement will come Thursday, a day before the NLCS is slated to start.
-- Evan Brunell
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