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Reports say Atlanta Braves pick Fredi Gonzalez as manager

Gonzalez_225 Multiple sources are reporting that the Atlanta Braves have hired former Florida Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez to replace Bobby Cox, who is retiring after 29 years as a major-league manager.

Cox is expected to speak to the media a final time as manager Wednesday, after which the team reportedly will announce Gonzalez as his replacement.

Gonzalez was third-base coach on Cox's staff from 2003-06. He was hired by the Marlins in 2007 and went 276-279 during his 3 1/2 years as manager before being fired in June. Gonzalez, whose family residence remained in Atlanta during his tenure with the Marlins, immediately emerged as a leading candidate to as Cox's successor.

The Braves were eliminated by the San Francisco Giants in their National League division series Monday.

-- Chuck Schilken

Photo: Fredi Gonzalez. Credit: Steve Mitchell / US Presswire

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