The career of Atlanta Braves manager, Bobby Cox, came to a sad ending last night after a 3-2 loss to the San Francisco Giants, sending the Braves home for the season and Cox into the Hall of Fame. With tears in his eyes, Bobby Cox addressed the media after his team lost the NLDS in five games. He told his team he was proud of them and thanked them for playing their hearts out.
As far as the Atlanta fans are concerned though, all praise should go to Bobby Cox.
Cox is retiring after 29 years as a Major League manager, 25 of those came with the Atlanta Braves. During that time, he captured 14 straight division titles from 1991 to 2005 and won the National League five times, winning the World Series in 1995. He was also ejected a Major League leading 158 times, including twice in the World Series (1992 and 1996), the only person to have done so, player or manager.
Even though they had plenty to celebrate after winning their first postseason series in 8 years, the San Francisco Giants took a moment to honor Cox, pausing to give him a round of applause on field as chants of, "Bobby! Bobby! Bobby!" came from the crowd.
Cox currently ranks fourth on the all time wins list for managers with 2,504 regular season wins, behind Connie Mack, John McGraw, and Tony LaRussa.
Despite 50 years in baseball, as a player and a manager, Cox still cant fully remove himself from the game. He will stay on with the Atlanta Braves as a consultant, though he admits his role will be minor.