Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez stood by his already burned bridge with Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria on Tuesday before their playoff berth-clinching win. Loria referred to Gonzalez's tenure in Miami as a "colossal failure" after Gonzalez made comments about how Loria is essentially incorrigible.
Loria hired Gonzalez to manage the Florida Marlins before the 2007 season before firing him halfway through the 2010, clearing the way for Gonzalez to replace Bobby Cox in Atlanta.
"There's not a manager dead or alive that Jeffrey thinks is good enough," Gonzalez told the Miami Herald on Sunday. "Not Connie Mack, not anyone.
"Stick with someone. Give guys opportunities. But he likes to make changes. As long as he owns the team, he makes the decisions. In his mind, they're the right ones."
Loria was obviously not pleased with Gonzalez's comments.
"I'm a little surprised because it's classless," Loria said. "Especially because he was with us for five years and was a colossal failure. . . . Not nice. Not nice."
However, the current Braves skipper didn't seem bothered that he had publicly severed that tie.
"That's what I said," Gonzalez told braves.com. "When the guy asked the question, I said he's the owner of the team and a tough guy to please, and no matter who is managing his team, there's going to come a time when he doesn't think he's good enough. That's his prerogative."
For the record, the Braves are 13-4 against the Marlins in 2012.
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