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The Atlanta Braves fired manager Fredi González on Tuesday after leading the team to an abysmal 9-28 record this season. The team’s most recent loss was to the Pirates in Pittsburgh on Monday.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, via Deadspin, after the Monday game, González found a flight reservation to Atlanta for Tuesday in his e-mail. This was not a particularly good sign regarding his job status, as the Braves are still playing in Pittsburgh through Thursday.
Sure enough, he was fired not long after.
From the AJC:
The Braves had already made the decision to fire him and booked his commercial flight home Tuesday, but didn’t plan to tell him he’d been fired until Tuesday morning, after president of baseball operations John Hart flew to Pittsburgh to join general manager John Coppolella.
Later Monday night after getting the email, Gonzalez eventually had confirmed by Braves top officials what he already was certain about by then: He was fired.
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Ouch. It’s bad enough to get fired, but to find out before you can be told in person (or at least over the phone) is rough. Let this be a lesson to anyone else who wants to deliver bad news to someone. Do it before you make any related travel reservations for them!