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Braves to retire Bobby Cox's number

Posted on: March 22, 2011 1:04 pm

CoxBy Evan Brunell

The Braves will retire manager Bobby Cox's uniform in a ceremony on Aug. 12, while also inducting him into the Braves Hall of Fame, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution revealed Tuesday.

Cox retired after the 2010 season following 25 total years managing, four of which were in Toronto. He ranks fourth on the all-time managerial list with 2,504 wins which tops the franchise list for Atlanta. His 2,149 wins are miles ahead of Frank Selee, who had 1,0004 victories from 1890-1901 as skipper of the Boston Beaneaters.

Cox's number will be the seventh number retired by the organization, not including Jackie Robinson's No. 42, which was retired by every team in baseball. Cox will be just the second single-digit number retired by the Braves, who also have Dale Murphy's No. 3 retired, which Cox managed. The remaining list holds three other players Cox personally managed in Tom Glavine (No. 47), Greg Maddux (No. 31) and Phil Niekro (No. 35). The final retired numbers are held by No. 44's Hank Aaron, No. 41's Eddie Mathews and No. 21's Warren Spahn.

"Bobby Cox exemplifies the Braves organization," Braves president John Schuerholz said. "Inducting him into our Hall of Fame and retiring his legendary number 6 is fitting recognition for a man who has done so much for our organization, our great game, and the city of Atlanta."

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Since: Dec 3, 2010
Posted on: March 22, 2011 8:11 pm

Braves to retire Bobby Cox's number

I don't know why the Braves have not retired John Smoltz's number. Has he even officially retired? I recall hearing that Rickey Henderson was late in filling out his official retirement papers and there was speculation that it might delay his entry into Cooperstwon, but this is the Braves' Hall-of-Fame and Smoltz should be in.

As a lifelong Braves fan, I was hoping that Smoltz, Glavine, and Maddux would retire the same year, and perhaps, get inducted into Cooperstown together. While I do realize that Smoltz's statistics do not quite match up with the others', I would compare him with Schilling and Mussina - who deserve enshrinement too, albeit not especially on the first ballot.

Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: March 22, 2011 4:54 pm

Braves to retire Bobby Cox's number

I could not be any happier than to hear this. Bobby has put in alot of work over the years and has remained loyal to the organization year in and year out. Hell of a coach and an even better person. I agree that its always nice to see a manager remain with a team for years instead of jumping from team to team based on pay rate. The stability of a team comes from owners and management and in my opinon, thats probably part of the reason the braves did so well throughout his tenure. Don't get me wrong, Atl has had talent over the years but all the talent in the world isnt worth much if you dont have a good leader. 

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: March 22, 2011 3:36 pm

Braves to retire Bobby Cox's number

Bobby Cox retired from baseball?? Did they stop playing baseball? Did the Atlanta Braves franchise fold. Well all kidding aside.

Bobby Cox was one of the great ones like Alston and Lasorda of the Dodgers, he is an institution in the annals of baseball. Under Bobby Cox the Braves were always in the hunt for post season play. I like the idea of one manager that will be there for a long period of time as oppose to manager roulette.

The Dodgers and Braves figured out the way to run a franchise. I hope the new manager would be able to have the longevity of Bobby Cox and the Braves would have continued success.

It is a good thing the Braves are doing on Aug 12 to retire Bobby Cox number and induct him in to the Braves Hall of Fame along side of the all time Braves great like Hank Aaron, Warren Spann, and Eddie Mathews and some of the new guys.



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