The Atlanta Braves fired manager Fredi Gonzalez on Tuesday. It wasn't all too surprising, but this story likely will be: Gonzalez essentially learned he was fired through an airline email.

The Braves are in Pittsburgh facing the Pirates through Thursday, but Gonzalez got an email notification that his commercial flight had been changed for a Tuesday departure. Given the team's record and constant rumors swirling of his firing, Gonzalez likely only had to put two and two together to see the writing on the wall.

Here's how it went down, via David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The Braves had already made the decision to fire him and booked his commercial flight home Tuesday, but didn't plan to tell him he'd been fired until Tuesday morning, after president of baseball operations John Hart flew to Pittsburgh to join general manager John Coppolella.

Later Monday night after getting the email, Gonzalez eventually had confirmed by Braves top officials what he already was certain about by then: He was fired.

It's a bit surprising that the Braves' leadership wouldn't think through something like this. What's the harm in waiting to make the flight change until after he's canned? They're already saving millions on payroll with a bare bones roster; they can't front the extra night of hotel fees before flying him out Wednesday morning?

An odd situation, indeed.

Fredi Gonzalez has been fired. USATSI