Something else everyone already knows: Fredi Gonzalez was named the manager for the Marlins.
``It's a long way from Erie, man,'' a smiling Gonzalez said at a news conference. ``I hope I'm here for a lot of years.''
Gonzalez praised the Marlins' potential, particularly the rotation. He said he'll consider keeping several of Girardi's coaches.
Gonzalez, from my understanding, was signed to a three-year contract. A meeting with the coaches is scheduled for next week.
In Atlanta, he studied under one of the very best in baseball. He knows the Marlins organization and as an extra bonus, he does speak Spanish.
Welcome aboard Fredi!