Getting canned is never easy for either party involved. I’ve canned many interns throughout my two years here and fired numerous employees while at FOX Sports. It’s never fun to look someone in the eye and tell them that their livelihood is no more. The Atlanta Braves know this and took it into consideration when letting Fredi Gonzalez know they’d no longer need his services.
After dropping the opening game of a four-game series on Monday against the Pirates, Gonzalez went to check his email and found something in there that confirmed he was a goner.
An hour or so after the Braves’ 8-5 series-opening loss to the Pirates, a person familiar with the situation said Gonzalez received an email notifying him of his scheduled flight to Atlanta on Tuesday afternoon.
That was a bad sign, since the four-game series in Pittsburgh runs through Thursday.
Gonzalez and general manager John Coppolella have been addressing rumors about Gonzalez’s job status for weeks, since the Braves were losing their first nine games of the season on the way to a 9-28 record through Monday. So when he got the email, it had to be a bad sign for Gonzalez.
The Braves had made the decision to fire him and booked his commercial flight home Tuesday, but didn’t plan to tell him he’d been fired until Tuesday morning, after president of baseball operations John Hart flew to Pittsburgh to join general manager John Coppolella.
Just a brutal way to find out. Here Fredi is having to answer questions about why his team just had another stinker and what they plan to do moving forward, only to find out that he’s done just after.
Normally, I’d feel bad for a guy like Fredi having to find out this way, but the Braves are playing my Pirates, so anything to ensure a 4-game sweep is alright in my books. Better luck next time, Fredi..
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