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Former Braves manager Gonzalez laughs off clumsy firing

Fredi Gonzalez brought two bottles of wine and knocked on the hotel room door of Atlanta general manager John Coppolella for a late-night bull session.

Gonzalez also brought his personal spoiler alert — that he knew he was out as manager of the Braves and had found out not by pink slip, but an automatically generated email.

Gonzalez received an email Monday that had been sent from the team's travel agency that informed him his flight for the next day had been booked from Pittsburgh to Atlanta. Whoops. The Braves were scheduled to play in Pittsburgh through Thursday night.

Gonzalez confirmed the expected news — and embarrassing logistic gaffe — with...

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