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.
“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.”