Joe Torre on retiring Braves manager Bobby Cox:
“Even though he says he’s quitting after this year, that fire is still burning, man…
“The thing that’s interesting is sort of what surprises all of us when you’re in the game a long time, and that’s how, even though the game’s played the same, the people playing it are different. And I think that’s the manager’s biggest challenge, to understand that, accept that and work within those parameters. And he’s good at it.
“Players love playing for him because he’s very honest. He knows his baseball; he’s had about every job connected with the game. He’s been great. He and John Schuerholz have certainly put together an organization that will stand as a model. Because I know when I talk, in terms of organizations, that’s one of the model organizations. It’s not about how many World Series you’ve won, it’s about how often do you compete. And it doesn’t matter, with all the turnover that they’ve had they continue to compete. That’s certainly a credit to him.
“Unfortunately, that’s the way we’re all going to be judged. Unfortunately, John Elway would never had the kind of following that he has now if he hadn’t won those two Super Bowls, or even one of those Super Bowls. He still would have been the same player, but that’s the way we judge people anymore.”