The Braves would probably take Fredi Gonzalez off Florida's hands

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Yesterday’s story that the Marlins are talking to Bobby Valentine and, regardless of what Bobby V. does, are thinking about firing Fredi Gonzalez, elicited a reaction from Bobby Cox:

“I can’t believe that. He’s done a remarkably great job
over there. Fredi can do a little bit of everything. He’s
knowledgeable, great communicator, disciplines well . . . he’s got a lot of
stuff in his favor. That’s the biggest surprise I’ve had all season.”

Gonzalez was the Braves’ third base coach before taking the Florida job. Based on Cox’s reaction, there is every reason to think that he’d find a job pretty quickly with the Braves if Jeff Loria decides to fire him. The same Braves team who is in need of a replacement for Bobby Cox following the 2010 season.

I have no idea why the Marlins repeatedly alienate good managers, but how hilarious would it be to see ex-Marlin manager Joe Girardi win the 2009 World Series with the Yankees and ex-Marlin Fredi
Gonzalez win it in 2010 and 2011 as the Braves’ bench coach
and manager, respectively?

Braves clinch NL East title

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So much for a last-minute, nail-biting finish to this division race. The Braves cemented their division title with a dominant 5-3 finish over the Phillies on Saturday, laying claim to the NL East title for the first time since 2013.

The Braves asserted themselves right off the bat after amassing a four-run lead from Johan Camargo and Freddie Freeman, both of whom cleared the bases with two-run singles in the first two innings. Ronald Acuna Jr., meanwhile, found another way to make his presence known after swiping his 15th stolen base of the year and joining Alex Rodriguez, Orlando Cepeda, and Mike Trout as one of the youngest players to collect at least 25 home runs and 15 stolen bags in major league history.

Not to be outdone, Atlanta right-hander Mike Foltynewicz delivered one of the strongest starts of his season to date. The righty set down six innings of no-hit ball against the Phillies, and, with just 62 pitches under his belt, looked ready to go the distance before he lost his bid on Odubel Herrera‘s leadoff single in the seventh.

Unfortunately for the Braves, the Phillies not only upended Foltynewicz’s no-hit attempt, but the shutout as well. In the eighth inning, Cesar Hernandez and Rhys Hoskins wrestled two RBI singles from Atlanta’s bullpen and brought Philadelphia within one run of tying the game. Hoskins was the last Phillies batter to reach base, however, as Jonny Venters and Arodys Vizcaino tossed a combined 1 2/3 scoreless innings (backed by a final RBI hit from Kurt Suzuki in the bottom of the eighth) to cap the Braves’ win — and the NL East title.

With the loss, the Phillies sit seven games back of a wild card spot in the National League. They’ll need to outpace the Diamondbacks, Rockies, and Cardinals in order to make 2018 their first postseason-qualifying year since 2011.