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Fredi's Sryle

More about Fredi's style of management is coming into light.

Despite a string of seven losses in eight games, Gonzalez hasn't diverted much from the even keel public persona he's displayed all season. He said he's sometimes more fiery in private.

"The stuff that I can control as a manager is that these guys come out and work and play the game like it's supposed to be played, play it hard," Gonzalez said. "I have not seen them not do that. They're allowed to screw up every once in a while. If I see those things that I'm looking for -- guys playing hard, taking out double plays, running out bases on a fly ball, what can you do? I'm not going to do a tantrum or berate them in the media for that kind of stuff."

It is as was always suspected.  And now we know that some of the Bobby Cox style rubbed off on him.  Now, if Cox's pure genius style of in-game strategy would shine through, we would be all set.  But that is a lot to ask since I have never seen a manager match Cox in equal conditions and win consistently.  I guess it was a little like play Bobby Fisher in chess during his prime, you may win a game here and there, but you normally ended up losing the match.

Who knows, maybe Fredi learned that too and it is taking time to surface as he feels his way through his first year.  But even if he did take notes while in Atlanta, I doubt he will ever achieve the level of the master.  But that isn't a criticism, so few ever achieve that level.