In the wake of the Atlanta Braves firing manager Fredi Gonzalez on Tuesday, Bud Black has emerged as a top option to replace him.

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According to ESPN Podcasts, Bob Nightengale of USA Today called Black the “clear favorite” to take over in Atlanta.

Gonzalez was let go after leading the Braves to an MLB-worst 9-28 start this season, per

Brian Snitker is serving as the Braves’ interim manager, but Black could potentially be a long-term option.

The 58-year-old served as San Diego Padres manager from 2007 until getting fired after a 32-33 start last season.

Black went 649-713 with the Padres and never qualified for the playoffs, but he was named the 2010 National League Manager of the Year.

Although Black is a special assistant with the Los Angeles AngelsJon Morosi of Fox Sports reported he can leave at any time for a managerial position.

Atlanta is the worst team in Major League Baseball, which was to be expected after it gutted the roster over the past couple of seasons.

Gonzalez went 434-414 in five-plus with the Braves but hadn’t reached the playoffs since 2013.

While Black’s resume doesn’t suggest that a postseason berth is in Atlanta’s near future should it hire him, nobody expects the organization to make a quick turnaround.

The Braves are seemingly at least a couple of years away from being competitive while they wait for their prospects to develop.

Black often found himself in a similar situation while with the Padres, so his experience with a rebuilding club could make him a logical fit.


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