Braves Quote For The Day II ... Smooth Transition From Cox To Gonzalez

Braves beat writer for the AJC, David O'Brien, who has been with the club everyday this spring, gives his opinion on how the players are taking to their new manager, Fredi Gonzalez:

To be honest, I expected there to be more of a culture-shock, transitional stage from Cox to Gonzalez, a period where maybe some players rolled their eyes over how this or that is done now as opposed to how it was done for a couple of decades under the ultimate players' manager, No. 6.

But there hasn't been. I've seen no grumbling, no raised eyebrows, no reluctance by any players to accept and embrace the changes, most of them subtle, that Gonzalez has instituted.

The team is putting in more work on fundamentals and conditioning, more after-workout sprints and such, but no one has taken issue with it or suggested something along the lines of "it worked fine the way it was; who does this guy think he is to change it?"

None of that at all.

Many of the Braves veteran players have realized in recent years the need for more conditioning, so the fact that Gonzalez is forcing more of that upon them, may actually be welcomed. And I think everyone, even the players, know that this Braves team needs to do all the defensive drilling they possibly can.

Still, I like O'Brien's insider perspective that there hasn't even been an eyebrow raised over the change in management. These beat writers are usually tuned in enough to the subtleties of the players' personalities that they can tell when there is discontent, and it seems like this was something that O'Brien was specifically looking for during the early days of camp (yet saw none).

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