Q & A with Fredi Gonzalez

Q & A with Fredi Gonzalez

Published Dec. 13, 2010 6:27 a.m. ET

By Bill Shanks
December 13, 2010

FREDI GONZALEZ met with the media Wednesday at the baseball winter meetings in Florida. Here is a transcript of his comments.

Q: What have these two months felt like? Is it kind of slowly getting the feel that this is your job?
FREDI GONZALEZ: Yeah, you know what, yeah, I guess you can put it that way. I think that we went from the press conference to the organizational meetings to getting to know the players a little bit, and it's been great for me. We have got a great group of scouts, professional scouts, get to listen to their evaluation of our players and get to know them a little bit better. It's been a lot easier knowing the team because even though I've been gone for four years, we see them 18 times a year for the last four years so I get to know -- a major league club you know pretty well. Some of those guys that are going to come up next year are going to be back and forth, and those guys will give you more information before you go into Spring Training. It's been nice to be able to talk to Roger (McDowell, the pitching coach) almost every day, about the pitching staff. Talk to Frank (Wren, Atlanta general manager) and Bruce (Manno, Wren