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Braves dismiss longtime pitching coach Roger McDowell

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ATLANTA (AP) - The Atlanta Braves have dismissed pitching coach Roger McDowell.

The team announced Friday it had declined the 2017 option on McDowell's contract, ending his stay with the organization after 11 seasons.

The Braves have not made a decision on who will manage the team next season or the status of the remaining coaches on staff. Team president John Hart said this week that the coaching staff won't be determined until a manager is hired, but team decided to go ahead and cut ties with the 55-year-old McDowell.

Atlanta ranked no lower than fourth in the NL in ERA during seven of McDowell's seasons, and led the league in 2013. But after deciding to rebuild, the Braves ranked 13th in 2015 and 11th this past season with a 4.51 ERA.

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