I’m a big fan of Bobby Cox. JC Bradbury says what I want to say, much better than I could say it. Cox had his problems in his later years (abusing bullpen arms—I would joke and say that he forgot the names of 3 of his relievers, so he had to keep sending Moylan, Venters, Wagner, and Saito out there—and the whole Keith Lockhart saga as examples of this), but Atlanta Braves baseball is Bobby Cox. He started managing in the post-Aaron era in which the Braves were a bad team and turned them into a pretty decent team. After getting fired (and replaced by a guy who has pretty much the same set of talents and faults—Joe Torre), he eventually was brought back as the GM and was responsible for drafting and acquiring guys like Tom Glavine, John Smoltz, Steve Avery, Kent Mercker, Chipper Jones, Ron Gant, and David Justice. Then, in 1990, he took the reins again and, just one year later, began one of the most remarkable streaks in sports. Without Cox as GM and then manager, I doubt that most of this would have happened, and for that, I salute him.
October 12, 2010
A Great Send-Off For A Class Act
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