Chipper Jones on retiring Braves manager Bobby Cox, who’s been Jones’ manager for the third baseman’s entire major league career:
“Loyalty. Loyalty is the first thing that comes to mind. Loyalty is big with professional athletes, guys with egos, etc. Bobby is never one to coddle somebody, but he will stand beside ‘em. Once you’ve cracked his lineup, you’ve got to play yourself out of it.
“I’ve never come across a man who, no matter how bad things are, he can find a silver lining to any situation. That’s a quality that is lost upon a lot of us, but not with Bobby.
“He believes in keeping dirty laundry inside the clubhouse. That loyalty — whereas other managers would go out and if somebody stunk up the joint, those managers would make sure it was in print. That’s never happened with Bobby in the 20 years that I’ve known him. That’s obviously a big part [of why players want to play for him]. And it’s about how he runs his ship. He delegates responsibility, he’s constantly upbeat.
“Whether we’re in a nine-game losing streak or a nine-game winning streak, he’s always that bright ray of sunshine that you need to see when things are going bad, constantly pushing us to continue to do better or break out of the funk that we’re in.
“It’s one gear with Bobby, it’s full-steam ahead as hard as we can go.”