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Gonzalez spurns Cubs, waits for Braves?

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07:43 AM ET 09.15 | Fredi Gonzalez has reportedly taken himself out of the running as a possible long-term replacement for Lou Piniella. A major league source told FanHouse Tuesday that the Cubs had reached out to Gonzalez, the deposed Florida Marlins manager, with an offer of a job interview. Gonzalez, the source said, told the Cubs thanks, but no thanks. On the face of things, it's odd for an unemployed manager to turn down an interview. But Gonzalez, who used to be the third base coach under Bobby Cox in Atlanta, is widely believed to be the extreme frontrunner in the Braves' competition to replace Cox, who has already announced his retirement at the end of the season.

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September 15, 2010  09:00 AM ET

Would much rather have a guy like Torre

September 15, 2010  09:30 AM ET

Please let it be Ryno. Come on Hendry, you can't f*@# this up, just pick Ryno.

September 15, 2010  09:42 AM ET

Given the choice, who wouldn't rather manage the Braves over the Cubs? The Braves seem committed to putting a competitive team on the field infusing youth and veterans. Every year they are contenders

September 15, 2010  09:57 AM ET

The Braves aren't looking for rockstar managers. They want someone who's part of the Braves family to continue the Bobby Cox legacy. Freddi did a nice job with the Marlins, a team that jettisons talent faster than a prostitute creates a happy ending.

September 15, 2010  09:58 AM ET

Fredi, come on over right now. This team needs someone to light a fire under their collective arses because Cox sure as hell isn't doing it...and neither is Pendleton.

FIVE hits against the Nats?! that is not how you handle the last place team in your division and it damn sure isn't gonna get you to the postseason.

September 15, 2010  10:07 AM ET

Can the Braves talk to Gonzalwz, he is unemployed, maybe he knows something, extreme frontrunner indeed.

September 15, 2010  10:14 AM ET

Marlins were stupid to let this guy go.

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September 15, 2010  10:33 AM ET

Someone must have talked to Fredi from the Braves organization. You don't turn down a job unless you are pretty sure that you are going to get a return later.

I hate IBM, but if I was unemployed and IBM asked me to interview for a position, I'm there. But I would turn them down cold if Accenture called me and said that they're going to employ me in a couple of months. And if there's a guarantee of some kind that it's so.

But you don't turn down an interview for a job for only the chance to interview somewhere else. You interview everywhere that it makes sense.

September 15, 2010  10:34 AM ET
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That's okay, you guys won what fourteen straight divisions...........enjoy the downtime....

and this is the answer to Giants and Pads fans, are there any Pads fans, when they say how can a dominant pitching staff not be in contention, or competitive in the playoffs...
You need some amount offense, nightly.

September 15, 2010  10:36 AM ET
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Marlins were stupid to let this guy go.

Marlins don't want to win. They just want MLBs money.

September 15, 2010  12:23 PM ET
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Marlins don't want to win. They just want MLBs money.

Don't blame them. There stadium is a joke and who wants to see a team in Miami in the summer.

September 15, 2010  12:25 PM ET

This is a BFD....Rhino already has the job. If he doesn't chicago will hang Hendry by his nuts.

September 15, 2010  12:32 PM ET
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Don't blame them. There stadium is a joke and who wants to see a team in Miami in the summer.

I do blame them and you should too. The excuses they use for taking the money and not putting anything back into the team is really ridiculous, and these particular owners have a history of doing this before they owned the Marlins. The stadium they demand is just another in a long line of handouts that these owners are to receive.

September 15, 2010  12:59 PM ET

i guess gonzalez could start another run like cox did on the 90's with some good luck ofcourse!!!

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September 15, 2010  01:24 PM ET
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Don't blame them. There stadium is a joke and who wants to see a team in Miami in the summer.

They're getting a new stadium with a retractable roof, I think, next year. So that excuse won't hold water anymore when they draw 800 fans, including the peanut vendors.

September 15, 2010  01:40 PM ET

I'm a cubs fan and I'd like to spurn them but its hard to undue 28 years of following my now unlovable losers.

 
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