Atlanta Braves fire manager after terrible start

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ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves on Tuesday fired manager Fredi Gonzalez, who couldn't survive the worst record in the majors.

Gonzalez was in his sixth season at the helm of the Braves. The numbers for the Braves are dismal: they have lost two straight and eight of 10, have baseball's worst record at 9-28 and already are 13 ½ games out of first place in the NL East.

The Braves likely will discuss the move at a news conference on Tuesday.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports Briaan Snitker will be the interim manager. He has been the manager of the team's Class AAA affiliate.

Gonzalez is the first Braves manager to be fired since 1990, when Russ Nixon was replaced by future Hall of Fame manager Bobby Cox, who retired following the 2010 season. Gonzalez was a protege of Cox.

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