Open thread, 5/17, #Braves vs.management

Well we don’t have Fredi Gonzalez to kick around anymore.

Though we support the decision, the Braves handled the whole situation badly up until the very end. DOB has the details:

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. …

The Braves had already 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.

Classy.

Coppy will probably have an intern deliver the bad news to Brian Snitker when his time comes. The Braves lifer’s first line-up features a change at the top. And no Erick Aybar.

Inciarte, Markakis, Freddie, A.J., Beckham, KJ, Castro, Blair, Mallex

Not much different than the minors, eh Brian?

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