Thu., March 31, 2011 6:52am (EDT)

Braves, New Manager Ready For Opener
By Edgar Treiguts
Updated: 3 years ago

ATLANTA   —  
The Atlanta Braves open their new baseball season with new manager Fredi Gonzalez guiding the team. (GPB file photo)
The Atlanta Braves open their new baseball season with new manager Fredi Gonzalez guiding the team. (GPB file photo)
It's the start of a new baseball season for the Atlanta Braves. The team opens their schedule Thursday afternoon in Washington against the Nationals.

This will a season unlike any other the team has had for two decades. Fredi Gonzalez takes-over as manager, following future Hall of Famer Bobby Cox, who retired last October.

The Braves' run of success under Cox included 14 division titles and a World Series championship.

Gonzalez says as he takes over, the recent history and success of the franchise is something he welcomes.

"That's what the standard is. When you're hired-on, that's what you want to continue. ...for me it's not a weight, it's something that's expected (to continue to win)."

Gonzalez and the Braves play their opening games Thursday, Saturday and Sunday in Washington, followed by a trip to Milwaukee. They return home Friday, April 8 for their 2011 Atlanta debut against Philidelphia.