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Atlanta Braves expected to hire Fredi Gonzalez to succeed retired Bobby Cox as manager

The Atlanta Braves are expected to name former Florida Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez as the replacement for manager Bobby Cox.

Fox 5 in Atlanta first reported Tuesday night an agreement is in place for Gonzalez to be the first new manager for the Braves since the 1990 season when Cox replaced Russ Nixon.

Cox will have his final news conference today at Turner Field. There is speculation the Braves could introduce Gonzalez as early as Thursday.

Gonzalez served as Cox’s third-base coach from 2003 through 2006. He left Atlanta to manage the Marlins, a job he held until June 23 of this season, when he was fired.

Florida was 34-36 record under Gonzalez this season. His record was 276-279 overall in his three-plus seasons at the helm.

Braves general manager Frank Wren has known Gonzalez since the early 1990s. Wren was an assistant GM for the Marlins when Gonzalez was first hired as a minor league manager in 1992. Wren was instrumental in bringing Gonzalez to the Atlanta organization to manage Richmond in 2002.

Gonzalez replaced Carlos Tosca as the Richmond manager. Tosca had left the Braves to manage Toronto. Tosca was Gonzalez’s bench coach in Florida and could assume that role in Atlanta, as well.

It is believed Gonzalez would retain pitching coach Roger McDowell and several other coaches from Cox’s staff. Hitting coach Terry Pendleton is not expected to return.

Gonzalez has maintained his home in Marietta, Ga., even after leaving the Braves to manage in Florida.

The 46-year-old Gonzalez was a minor league catcher in the Yankees organization from 1982 through 1987. He began his managerial career with the unaffiliated Miami Miracle of the Florida State League in 1990.

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