By Robert Hydrick - bio | email
ATLANTA, GA (WALB) - Moments after Bobby Cox said his final goodbye as the manager of the Atlanta Braves, the team introduced former Braves third base coach Fredi Gonzalez as their new manager Wednesday afternoon.
The Braves pushed up their announcement of Gonzalez by one day after news of his hiring broke late Tuesday.
Gonzalez, who left the Braves to become manager of the Florida Marlins in 2006, has been considered a leading candidate to succeed Cox especially after Gonzalez was fired by the Marlins in late June.
Gonzalez was 276-290 in 3 1/2 seasons with the Marlins who have one of the lowest payrolls in baseball.
Gonzalez maybe the perfect choice to succeed Bobby Cox but he fully understands the role of following a future Hall of Fame manager.
Wren also announced hitting coach Terry Pendleton will move to first base and infield next season and the Braves will hire a new hitting coach.
Pitching coach Roger McDowell, third base coach Brian Snitker and bullpen coach Eddie Perez will return and Carlos Tosca will be the Braves bench coach.
Tosca was with Gonzalez in Florida.
First base coach Glenn Hubbard and bench coach Chino Cadahia will not return next season and neither has been offered other jobs in the Braves organization.
Fredi Gonzalez said. "Somebody has got to do it. You know what I mean. I feel honored that they asked me to do it."
General manager Frank Wren said. "Fredi needs to be Fredi. That is what we want him to be. Do things exactly the way he did them in Florida. Continue to be the unique person he is."