Atlanta Braves Choose Fredi Gonzalez as Manager, Replacing Bobby Cox

Fredi Gonzalez replaced Bobby Cox as manager of the Atlanta Braves, the Major League Baseball team said two days after being eliminated from the playoffs.

Gonzalez had been the favorite for the job since he was fired as manager of the Florida Marlins in June, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

Cox, 69, announced a year ago that 2010 would be his last season, and he managed his final game on Oct. 11 when the Braves were eliminated from the National League Division Series by the San Francisco Giants.

“Fredi brings a wealth of experience and great enthusiasm to this job, and that is essential for a club that continues to have expectations of playing in October,” Braves General Manager Frank Wren said in a statement.

Gonzalez, 46, is a former third-base coach for the Braves and managed their top minor-league club. He was 276- 279 in 3 1/2 seasons with the Marlins. He and his family have a year-round home in the Atlanta area.

Cox managed the Braves for 25 years, including the last 21. He led the team to 15 postseason berths, including the World Series championship in 1995.

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