Washington – It took him four tries but Bobby Cox finally won his 2,500th game Saturday to become only the fourth manager in history to reach that milestone.
He is 2,500-1,998-3 in 29 years as manager, including 25th with the Braves. Only Connie Mack (3,731), John McGraw (2,763), and Tony La Russa (2,631) had reached 2,500.
“I didn’t think I’d ever live that long, let alone win that many,” said Cox, 69, who is trying to lead the Braves into the postseason before retiring at the end of the season.
Cox had been reminded of the upcoming milestone recently by Braves public relations director Brad Hainje but had forgotten by Saturday when he tried to throw away the lineup card. Pitching coach Roger McDowell stopped him.
“It’s another unattainable goal that Bobby sets for other managers,” Chipper Jones said. “That’s more games that I’ve played in my career and he’s won that many. That says enough right there.”
Jones, 38, has played 2,261 games in his 17-year career.