Braves prepare to start the Fredi Gonzalez era

The first day of spring training will seem a little strange for the Atlanta Braves.

When pitchers and catchers take the field Tuesday, it will be the first time since 1990 that someone other than Bobby Cox is running things. Fredi Gonzalez is the manager now, though he doesn't expect too many striking chances as he leads the Braves  into a new era.

Gonzalez once served as the Braves' third-base coach, and he was ready to take over the job after Cox announced his retirement.

There will be some subtle differences, such as using all the fields at the Braves spring training complex in Kissimmee, Fla. But, all in all, Gonzalez and the Braves expect a smooth transition.

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