ATLANTA — The Braves are bringing back manager Fredi Gonzalez, deciding that his body of work over four seasons outweighed a second September collapse that kept Atlanta out of the postseason this year.
"I'm glad I got the opportunity to come back and take another shot at getting us back into the postseason," said Gonzalez, whose team won 96 games and the National League East title in 2013 but was 79-83 this season. "There's no other place that I covet, no other place I want to manage."
Interim GM John Hart also said Friday that former Astros manager Bo Porter has been hired as third-base coach, replacing Doug Dascenzo. Hitting coach Greg Walker stepped down Monday, but the rest of the coaching staff returns: pitching coach Roger McDowell, bench coach Carlos Tosca, first-base coach Terry Pendleton and bullpen coach Eddie Perez.
Criticism of Gonzalez from fans reached a crescendo during the second September collapse in his four years at the helm in Atlanta. The team dropped from the NL wild-card race when it lost 16 of its first 20 September games.
Diamondbacks: Kevin Towers told the team he is leaving the organization, a month after he was stripped of his general manager title and replaced by Dave Stewart. For Towers to remain would have created an "awkwardness" with the new management, team president Derrick Hall said in a statement.
Rangers: Interim manager Tim Bogar is among six more candidates the team plans to interview in its search for Ron Washington's replacement. The others are Pirates bench coach Jeff Banister, Indians bullpen coach Kevin Cash, Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo, White Sox third base coach Joe McEwing and former major-league player Alex Cora, now a manager and general manager in the Puerto Rican Winter League. Pitching coach Mike Maddux and Triple-A manager Steve Buechele were interviewed last week. Also, the Rangers gave the Diamondbacks permission to speak to Bogar about their managerial vacancy.
Red Sox: Greg Colbrunn, hitting coach for the past two seasons, said he won't return.