Heat will be on Gonzalez to match Girardi's success

The Marlins far exceeded the low expectations that were bestowed upon them to begin last season. Is Florida primed for an even better year or will it take a step back in '07?

Originally Published: March 24, 2007
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

JUPITER, Fla. -- Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez spent four years as Atlanta's third base coach watching Bobby Cox spit tobacco juice and squawk at umpires, so it's only fitting that he calls his former boss now and then to talk shop.

Cox and Gonzalez, good friends and now National League East competitors, recently spoke after the Marlins lost starter Josh Johnson for at least two months with an elbow injury. If Gonzalez expected sympathy, he came to the wrong skipper.

"Hey, read the paper,'' ...

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