Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Gonzalez to manage Marlins; Snitker promoted

Richmond Times-Dispatch sportswriter Tim Pearell reports that Fredi Gonzalez, Richmond Braves manager in 2002, and Brian Snitker, who had the same job this past season, both got good news yesterday.

“...Snitker was promoted to Atlanta yesterday to replace Fredi Gonzalez, who was named manager of the Florida Marlins. Gonzalez, one of the hot prospects for a major-league job, managed Richmond in 2002 (75-67) before being elevated to the A-Braves.

“‘Wow, my guts have been turning ever since I found out,’ Snitker said.

“Kurt Kemp, Atlanta's new director of player development, said it was too early to say whether the R-Braves' next manager would come from within the organization or outside. 'We just found out a few hours ago,’ Kemp said yesterday afternoon. ‘We'll work hard in the next few weeks to get a group of candidates we feel are the best fit to manage the ballclub there.’

The move came as a ‘good surprise’ for Snitker, who has been home in Lilburn, Ga., decompressing from a draining season with Richmond.”

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