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Ex-Braves manager shrugs off clumsy firing

VILLANOVA, Pa. — Fredi Gonzalez brought two bottles of wine and knocked on the hotel room door of Braves GM John Coppolella for a late-night bull session.

Gonzalez also brought his personal spoiler alert — that he knew he was out as manager of the Braves and had found out not by pink slip but an automatically generated email.

Gonzalez received an email Monday that had been sent from the team's travel agency that informed him his flight for the next day had been booked from Pittsburgh to Atlanta. Whoops. The Braves were scheduled to play in Pittsburgh through tonight.

Gonzalez confirmed the expected news with Atlanta's traveling secretary then went to talk with Coppolella.

"We sat and talked it through," Gonzalez said. "There was no animosity."

Braves president John Hart called in and told Gonzalez he planned to make the move when he flew to Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

"I said, 'John, you don't have to come up and fire me,' " Gonzalez said. "It was unfortunate but it was also good."

METS' COLON SUED: Mets RHP Bartolo Colon was in a Manhattan courthouse Monday to face a woman who alleges in a lawsuit he is the father of her two children, the New York Post reported. Colon, 42, has been married to his wife, Rosanna, for 21 years. He was sued one year ago by Alexandra Santos, 38.

OWNER SUPPORTS GIRARDI: Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner backed manager Joe Girardi and his staff and blamed players for the team's slow start. New York is last in the AL East.

RANGERS REPLACE CLOSER: RHP Shawn Tolleson will be replaced by RHP Sam Dyson as Texas' closer, manager Jeff Banister revealed.

Ex-Braves manager shrugs off clumsy firing 05/18/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 18, 2016 10:18pm]
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