Cross one name off the Cubs' managerial search.
No, not Bob Melvin, who will interview for the post .
Recently deposed Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez declined the opportunity to interview, reports John Hickey of AOL Fanhouse. Hickey notes that the Braves are Gonzalez' preferred destination and doesn't want anything blocking his road to being Bobby Cox's successor, even though he may have been the favorite to succeed Lou Piniella.
Gonzalez has long been considered the eventual successor, but it looked for several years that Atlanta would have to look elsewhere thanks to Gonzalez taking Florida's job for the 2007 season. Despite being considered one of the better managers in the game, the Cuban native was fired after guiding the Marlins to a 34-36 record, which is right around their talent level.
Gonzalez had the unfortunate luck of working with a boss who is notoriously bad when it comes to allowing managers to do their job, and superstar Hanley Ramirez lashing out at Gonzalez for pulling him from a game and decreeing he had no respect for the manager -- and the front office didn't back up the man it picked to lead the team.
Not that Gonzalez will be left wanting: he may now get the dream job in Atlanta many in the game have thought he'd be perfect for.
-- Evan Brunell
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