In a move that came as a surprise to Atlanta Braves fans around the country this week, manage Bobby Cox announced that he plans to retire at the conclusion of next season..
Attributing his future retirement to... His bedtime?
"I just can't do these night games anymore. Not only am I missing Murder She Wrote at 8:30, but due to the lack of sleep, I wake up grumpy now!", Cox told reporters at a press conference to discuss the announcement.
"As you know, I am an emotional manager, and that leads to ejections.. But you know what leads to even more ejections? Grumpiness and senility, those are the real reasons I chase umpires these days" Cox admitted in front of a packed room Thursday afternoon.
Cox has had a long and illustrious career with the Braves organization, ranking fourth in career wins among managers all-time (2410), and first in ejections, (149).
In a mostly frustrating season for the Braves, Cox showed signs of malcontent, and rumblings throughout the season were that Cox wouldn't be around Atlanta for much longer it seemed.
Another reason Cox may have turned to retirement may be due to the recession. An avid cigar enthusiast, Cox pointed out that his salary-to-cigar-expense ratio was reaching a troubling point.
"To save money, I could move to the Nationals and only smoke a cigar when we won a game. But, no offense to Washington, but I think I'd need more than a cigar every week or so."
Even veteran Braves third baseman Chipper Jones is helping make the transition for Cox easier after next season.
"I've been searching around Atlanta, even Florida, looking for the coziest retirement home we can find for good old Bobby, after all, I don't him calling me every Sunday trying to hold a conversation about jello." Jones told reporters in the clubhouse shortly following Cox's press conference.
Whatever his reasons, Atlanta, and the rest of baseball will miss Bobby Cox, as it looks like only a miracle could keep him on the bench in Atlanta past next season..