Bobby Cox started his managerial career with the Braves without much success and moved his managing skills to the struggling Blue Jays in 1982. In four years he took the basement dwelling team with a 78-84 to a 99-62 record and division winning team. After this success the Braves brought Cox back where he lead the Braves to the playoffs 14 times, 5 pennants, and a World Series Championship in 1995.
Let me tell you this man is one of the best managers of all time. Bobby Cox knows how to lead a team. No matter what kind of team the Braves organization gave Cox he would deliver a good product. Granted the past few years have been down years but Cox has not let a mediocre team (at best) dip more then 18 games below .500. Solid pitching in 2009 helped Cox get the Braves back on track and this year he was able to take the team to the playoffs with the wild card.
At one point Cox lead the Braves to eleven straight playoff appearances. I don't care who you are that is impressive. Let's compare that to some of the other greats...
Tony LaRussa - He lead the Athletics to 3 pennants and a World Series Championship and the Cardinals to 2 pennants and a World Series Championship. The difference is that he hasn't been able to string together eleven straight playoff appearances. I will say this though...when LaRussa is done managing, he will be getting an article as well. Tony is a hall of fame manager and deserves his dues...but they will come.
Lou Piniella - Lead the Reds to a Pennant and a World Series win and has a .517 winning percentage in his 23 years of managing. Lou is a great manager but the numbers don't compare...and let's face it baseball is all about the numbers!
Joe Torre - 29 years and managing the Yankees for 11 years helps you have 6 pennants and 4 World Series Championships. There is no doubt that Torre is a Hall of Fame candidate but Cox did more with a lot less.
Bobby Cox finished with a 2504-2001 record as a manager and deserves to be on the Hall of Fame ballot. He was a great manager who lead the Braves for many years. Many would say that his leadership was unconventional but no one can deny that it worked. If for nothing else Bobby Cox should be in the Hall of Fame for holding the major league baseball record for most ejections with 158 games. All I can say is that he should of gone for four more and then he could of made an entire season out of being ejected.
Hats off to you Mr. Cox...you have a Hall of Fame mouth!
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