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Rebel Yell
07-16-2010, 01:54 PM
Manager of the Era.

There's no such award, of course. And I'm in no way advocating for baseball to add yet another piece of dust-collecting hardware to its already expansive list of accolades.

But if there were such a laurel, it should be bestowed upon Bobby Cox, the Buddha-like curmudgeon who's been sitting at the front end of the bench in the Atlanta Braves' dugout for what seems like forever.

The guy who reminds us why late-age men shouldn't wear body-hugging baseball uniforms.

One by-product of Bobby Cox's longevity: He's been tossed from more games than any other manager in history.The guy who has taxed more nerves of more umpires than anyone else in the game's history.

The guy who has been the best manager in baseball pretty much since I got out of college more than three decades ago.

Cox says he's retiring at the end of this season. He'll walk away with that gimpy gait after 29 years as a major league manager, the past quarter-century with the Braves. He's won 15 divisional titles (14 straight during one remarkable run; no one counts the strike-tainted 1994 season, which ended in August with the Braves in second place), five National League pennants and a World Series championship.

He won't retire as baseball's winningest manager -- Connie Mack managed for 53 seasons, after all -- and some will certainly argue that this fictitious Manager of the Era Award should go to Joe Torre. Or Tony La Russa. Or maybe Sparky Anderson. All four men are in baseball's all-time top 10 in victories. As the season gets underway again Thursday night after the All-Star break, La Russa is third overall with 2,599 wins, Cox is fourth (2,465) and Torre is fifth (2,295). Hall of Famer Anderson, who retired in 1995, is sixth with 2,194 wins. (Though he trails this bunch in wins by a wide margin -- he has 1,460 as the Tigers begin the second half of the season -- Jim Leyland's three Manager of the Year awards, two pennants and one World Series title earn him at least a mention in this discussion, too.)

Torre, with four World Series titles and six American League pennants, is the era's trophy king. But it's my award, and I'm going with Cox.

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/commentary/news/story?page=johnson/100715

Love the Braves or hate 'em, Bobby Cox is a class act.

lacarnut
07-16-2010, 06:51 PM
He is one of the greats. The Braves will miss him.

Bubba Dawg
07-16-2010, 07:21 PM
Good thread. I like Bobby a lot.

I'll miss him too.

lacarnut
07-16-2010, 11:36 PM
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I'll miss him too.

Me too. My dad and I watched many games on TV together. I think he had just about every hat the Braves sold.

JB
07-17-2010, 04:42 PM
No. And the reason why? Leo Mazzone. Leo Mazzone made Braves games unwatchable for me and Cox sat next to that nutjob all the time.

That's my answer and I'm sticking to it. :D

Bubba Dawg
07-17-2010, 04:51 PM
No. And the reason why? Leo Mazzone. Leo Mazzone made Braves games unwatchable for me and Cox sat next to that nutjob all the time.

That's my answer and I'm sticking to it. :D

Come on man. You don't like Leo? You must be off your rockrockrockrockrockrock-er. :D

JB
07-17-2010, 04:55 PM
Come on man. You don't like Leo? You must be off your rockrockrockrockrockrock-er. :DCool it. I'm getting agitated just thinking about it.

NJCardFan
07-20-2010, 12:01 AM
Love the Braves or hate 'em, Bobby Cox is a class act.

Dude. He's a wife beater. I'd hardly call that a class act. As for his managerial skills, I'd put Tony Larussa and Joe Torre ahead of him. All of those division championships and he only won 1 World Series. He's basically the Marv Levy of MLB.

Rebel Yell
07-20-2010, 08:47 AM
Dude. He's a wife beater. I'd hardly call that a class act. As for his managerial skills, I'd put Tony Larussa and Joe Torre ahead of him. All of those division championships and he only won 1 World Series. He's basically the Marv Levy of MLB.

Leave it to a Phillies fan.:rolleyes::D

Seriously, even at the time, I said the Braves didn't have the team to win the World Series. They were built for the marathon season, not the sprint of the playoffs.

A monkey could have managed those Yankees teams. Larussa's known for the big chokes, too.

NJCardFan
07-20-2010, 12:34 PM
Leave it to a Phillies fan.:rolleyes::D

Seriously, even at the time, I said the Braves didn't have the team to win the World Series. They were built for the marathon season, not the sprint of the playoffs.

A monkey could have managed those Yankees teams. Larussa's known for the big chokes, too.

Larussa also has 2 world championships with 2 different teams in 2 different leagues. Cox's Blue Jays blew a 3 games to 1 lead in the 1085 LCS. But only winning 1 world championship is astounding. And if you're not going to build a team to win a championship, why are you playing? Not to mention he lost to some really inferior teams. Look at my '93 Phillies? We had 1 pitcher yet won in 6 games. However, it's the wife beating that I really can't get past.