It’s a new season and the Atlanta Braves have a new manager. Fredi Gonzalez was in a cab with some coaches early Thursday morning, March 31, 2011 on their way to the ballpark when his cell phone rang. It was his old boss, Bobby Cox, aka “The Skipper” to Gonzalez, always.
“He was having coffee, and he called to wish us good luck and to have a good season,” the new Braves manager said of the call from the iconic ex-manager. “And he said he’d be watching the game.”
Someone asked what time Cox called, and Gonzalez smiled. “He knows the [routine], so when he called he said, ‘Are you guys getting out of the cab?’ I said, we’re right around the corner from the stadium. [Gonzalez laughed]. So we talked for a little bit.”
Here is a little background on the move to bring in Fredi.
On October 13, 2010, the Atlanta Braves announced that Fredi González would replace long-time Braves manager Bobby Cox as manager of the team in 2011. The announcement came just two days after the 2010 Braves were eliminated from the postseason. It was also announced that pitching coach Roger McDowell, third-base coach Brian Snitker, and bullpen coach Eddie Pérez would retain their current positions, while former hitting coach Terry Pendleton would replace Glenn Hubbard as the first-base coach and newcomer Carlos Tosca would become the new bench coach. Hubbard and former bench coach Chino Cadahia were not offered positions on the new coaching staff. Larry Parrish was hired as hitting coach on October 29, 2010.