First person Cox tribute: Braves consultant Bobby Dews

Braves  major league consultant Bobby Dews, 71, a coach, manager or administrator in the organization since 1975, on retiring Braves manager Bobby Cox:

“He makes it so that everybody on the ballclub, top to bottom, feels important. I don’t know how you do that. If I knew how to do it I’d be a good manager. He’s a great manager. Remarkable in his talents for handling people. Relentless in his pursuit of winning. And resilient enough that he can turn one loss into many wins, but using that one loss.

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Bobby Dews (left) with Braves first-base coach Glenn Hubbard and former Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez.

“Most managers I’ve been around, when they lose a tough one you can look for them to lose two or three more tough ones. But when Bobby or his team loses, you can look for him to win four or five tough ones right after that…

“The main thing for me is, he makes everybody feel important. He’s demanding without putting pressure on you. I don’t known how you can do that. How can you be so demanding but you don’t feel any pressure? And that’s a secret.

“Players want to win for him, but they don’t feel pressure, they don’t feel like it’s the end of the world. He makes your effort come from within, instead of from outside. Makes it come from in here [Dews points to his heart].

“They know they’re going to get another chance [if they falter]. Sometimes you sit around and go, ‘I wonder when he’s going to give out of patience.’ But he knows just when there’s no hope left, and it’s time to get somebody else. But it takes a while, and everybody knows that, so they hang in there. They can go to sleep at night knowing they’re going to get another chance.”

Previous tributes:

Fredi Gonzalez

Royals GM Dayton Moore

Jeff Francoeur

Pete Van Wieren

Umpire Dan Iassogna

Joe Torre

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September 28th, 2010
2:07 am

GO BRAVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ray Parker Jr.

September 28th, 2010
2:29 am

Bobby Dews is 71? He looks like he is 101. What the cuss?

Ray Parker Jr.

September 28th, 2010
2:31 am

I love these late night postings from DOB cuz I know he is smoking mad trees.


September 28th, 2010
7:52 am

Bobby Dews looked 71 when he was 51. Actually, I thought he was older. I remember watching him run to the bullpen with shinguards on and thinking, “Why is that 70-year old man catching bullpens?”


September 28th, 2010
7:53 am

I’m loving your tribute series, DOB. It’s really special to read, especially as we’re in the middle of Bobby’s final week — assuming that they lose the WC lead. I’m not wishing for that one, though. Thanks for doing this.


September 28th, 2010
8:13 am

Great tributes DOB! Hope the Braves make the postseason as my Dawgs have fallen on hard times, oh well, at least we’ll always Beat Tech!

Bobby Dews is a Tech Man

September 28th, 2010
8:27 am

He played basketball and baseball for the Yellow Jackets, graduating in 1961!


September 28th, 2010
9:18 am

“He makes it so that everybody on the ballclub, top to bottom, feels important.”
Really? I wonder how important KK feels about right now. Bobby has always buried players, esp. pitchers, deep under the infield dirt. Players on Bobby’s S)!t list should be able to reveal Hoffa’s final resting place. Worst still, he then overuses his favs. Venters is just the latest incarnation.


September 28th, 2010
9:38 am

Get a life, Steverino… Walking around bloviating about what you have no clue of is a dumb way to live…


September 28th, 2010
9:40 am

If he overuses a player he gets crucified if he underuse’s players he gets crucified. If he wins someone else pitched a great game or hit great if he loses Bobby F’ed it up!!!

KK is 0-9 I think he gave KK plenty of chances to prove himself!!
Some fans like just like to b!tch about something and they pick coaches and managers to do the
b!tching about.


September 28th, 2010
9:43 am

KK IS 0-9 again ZERO and NINE Are you really complaining about KK’s playing time??


September 28th, 2010
10:13 am

No, I am happy KK is not playing. I was merely responding to the statement about how he makes EVERY player important. Bobby has always buried players on the bench, while sticking with players like Norton for WAY too long. I humbly apologize for not deifying Cox as he ascends to sit on the right hand of the Lord. He has done many, many things right, but to say he doesn’t bury players, stick with some players too long or overuse the bullpen is homerism at its worst. You guys want to drink the kool-aid, fine, but his stubbornness has adversely affected this team down this stretch run.


September 28th, 2010
11:31 am

Good to hear from Bobby Dews. Great baseball man.


September 28th, 2010
11:53 am

It is no accident that he won 14 straight division titles. Bobby Cox is a master of communication and motivation, and during a game, a of master baseball strategy. I don’t know if he plays chess, but if he does, I bet he is darn good at that too.


September 28th, 2010
1:59 pm

“But he knows just when there’s no hope left, and it’s time to get somebody else.”

Remember this quote when you criticize Bobby about KK. He gave this guy every chance.


September 28th, 2010
2:07 pm

Why is Cabrera starting in LF today? Can he out hit Diaz? Can he out hit Hinske? Can he bend over enough to tie his shoes? Is he a great outfielder?

Why is he starting and HITTING FIFTH?

My Name Is Earl

September 28th, 2010
2:14 pm

I guess Diaz has lost his Marlin Killer status.


September 28th, 2010
2:15 pm

I agree dap01. I’d rather see either one of those guys, even put McLouth out there at least he can run. I would go with HInkse though since his bat might be starting to heat up.


September 28th, 2010
2:45 pm

Bobby has buried our life time .300 hitter, Matty Diaz.
He lets him start one or two games a week and then replaces
him for defensive purposes with someone like Nate Mc. the Carnival Act.
For the love of —, why not let a guy who is capable of getting hot,
like Matt have a chance. We certainly need him with our makeshift lineup.


September 28th, 2010
2:50 pm

They have a right hander going tonight, so the melk man cometh!!!!


September 28th, 2010
3:25 pm

Bobby Dews is such a gentleman: a great ballplayer, coach, writer, and friend. It’s fantastic to see a tribute from him on the man whom he’s worked with for so long. Nice, Bobby Dews!


September 28th, 2010
4:13 pm

I think that Bobby stayed about three years too long. I hope that next year, we will see a new manager, a new pitching coach, a new batting coach, and keep the first base coach. Also, if he will stay keep Dews in the Bullpen. Just go ahead and get a new third base coach.

Bobby Cocks

September 28th, 2010
6:51 pm

Thanks Dewsy you know me well. Now I gotta go fill out my lineup card for tonight.

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September 28th, 2010
10:50 pm

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Tater the FORMER Bobby Hater

September 29th, 2010
10:39 am

I have been one of the most militant of Bobby’s critics over the years and I have always been quick to point out when his stubborn loyalty to his players cost the team wins. (I still shudder when I remember how he let Charlie Liebrant to pitch to Kirby Puckett.)

Lately, however I have come to the conclusion that maybe Bobby has been right all along. After all aren’t loyalty, kindness and patience toward a fellow human being more important than a few numbers in the win column? So I would like to apologize to you Mr. Cox for all of my judgemental remarks. Thank you for caring for your players. Good bye and good luck in your retirement.

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