First person Cox tribute: Chipper Jones

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.

Cox has always had his players' backs. He got tossed from this game in Boston, along with Jones and Eric O'Flaherty.

Cox has always had his players' backs. He got tossed from this game in Boston, along with Jones and Eric O'Flaherty.

“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.”

Previous tributes:

John Holland

Tom Glavine

Bobby Dews

Fredi Gonzalez

Royals GM Dayton Moore

Jeff Francoeur

Pete Van Wieren

Umpire Dan Iassogna

Joe Torre

56 comments Add your comment

DC Brave

October 1st, 2010
11:04 am

Wish you were at 3B Chipper!!!!

Vino Fino

October 1st, 2010
11:04 am

Do I win anything for saying first? If not, I’m not claiming it.

DC Brave

October 1st, 2010
11:04 am

Get well Chipper…you are not done yet.

Jesse Stone

October 1st, 2010
11:05 am

Braves fans, wether they want to admit it or not, are going to miss Bobby Cox. Good series, DOB.

Vino Fino

October 1st, 2010
11:09 am

Oh darn- missed it anyway!

Love these tributes. Thanks DOB and Carrol for putting together this series. Great stuff from all facets of the game. Boy, how sweet would it be to have Chipper in the line-up for the playoff run? You know he’d step in front of a bus to get Bobby another championship as long as they’ve been together. Probably would have made for some pretty magical stuff! Hopefully we can pull it off with him as a HOF cheerleader!

Love that picture by the way- not sure I’d ever seen Chipper so fired up on the field!

Tami

October 1st, 2010
11:10 am

Can’t have a BOBBY tribute without hearing from a legend himself — Chipper. DOB…once again, a terrific addition to this marvelous tribute series. Great job!

Tami

October 1st, 2010
11:11 am

Good comment, Vino Fino!

tomahawk timmy

October 1st, 2010
11:15 am

http://www.pricezack.wordpress.com has some good articles from a local perspective. im not sure who the author is but is pretty good at writing interesting pieces. interesting read.

kelly&carriefan

October 1st, 2010
11:18 am

OK, so….there’s no crying in baseball, but dammit. I will be suffering from terrible allergies @ The Ted this weekend!

War Damn Braves

October 1st, 2010
11:20 am

Great series of articles DOB, I just want to say how much I appreciate Bobby being here and taking this team to the top of the game year after year. I’m 22 so the only baseball I have ever known has been Bobby and Chipper, and what an amazing run it has been. Thanks Bobby and Chip

Dave in Buford

October 1st, 2010
11:29 am

I’ve read a lot of comments in this series of articles about how Bobby stinks and he should have won more, etc, etc.
Most of those people have never set foot on a ballfield.

He won 14 straight division titles and did it with what amounted to different teams … yeah, Glavine, Smoltz, Maddox and Jones were there, but the rest of the team was constantly morphing. Think about how many games people like Denny Neagle, Armando Reynoso, Russ Ortiz and yes, Charlie Liebrandt won for Bobby Cox, and look at how many they won for anyone else. Joe Torre had better skill players AND pitching staffs available, and when the ninth inning rolled around, he had Mariano Rivera to hand the ball to.

Bobby Cox had Alejandro Pena, Mark Wohlers, Kerry Ligtenberg and about 40 other Hall of Famers and STILL won with them. yeah, he was a moron all right.

Keith

October 1st, 2010
11:36 am

DOB,

One of my groomsman (I get married in 3 weeks) obtained tickets to the game on SAT for the Cox Tribute. Pretty awesome. I’ve been to around 20 home games this year, but I’m sure this one will be the most memorable. Would be icing if they clinched on SAT, too. One can selfishly hope. :)

GO BRAVES!

Keith

October 1st, 2010
11:37 am

So my bachelor outing will include Saturday’s game and pre-game activities. Nice to have good friends who know me.

Keith

October 1st, 2010
11:38 am

Re: Dave in Buford

Exactly right, man. You seen our lineup right now? It’s almost laughable when you look and see we have ONE .300+ hitter right now and most are around 250-265.

GO BRAVES!

Dave in Buford

October 1st, 2010
11:39 am

Sorry, I get worked up about this.

You give John Rocker or Kerry Ligtenberg as closers and some of the fourth and fifth starters that Cox got a lot out of to Joe Torre or Tony La Russa and they don’t get the same production, and they don’t win the titles. Period.

And if anyone says they would, its only because they don’t know what they’re talking about.

Keith

October 1st, 2010
11:44 am

Re: Dave

Don’t worry about it, man. Get worked up!

Everyone in baseball – the players, the announcers, other managers, other GMs KNOW what kind of leader and manager Cox is. Just because there is a pctg that do not like Cox doesn’t mean that the standard to judge includes those that are actually in the game. They know much more than any armchair could dream of.

GO BRAVES!

Keith

October 1st, 2010
11:44 am

*who are NOT actually in the game*

Keith

October 1st, 2010
11:45 am

*they (being the people in baseball) know much more than any armchair…*

I was trying to be articulate and really screwed up my post. :P

Dave in Buford

October 1st, 2010
11:50 am

Like many truly good things, we’re only going to appreciate it after its gone.

rammerjammer

October 1st, 2010
12:02 pm

DOB and Carroll,

Your “first person” articles are just outstanding. They give us fans an insight to a game, and a manager, that we only THINK we know.

meh

October 1st, 2010
12:05 pm

I remember that game in the photo. Bill Hohn (the dude with the big mustache) picked a fight with O’Flaherty and when O’Flaherty yelled back he got tossed. And before Bobby could get out there Chipper let Hohn know his thoughts on the matter and he got tossed. Bobby proceeded to throw in his two cents and he got tossed. It was nuts. I’m gonna miss seeing Bobby Cox out there.

michael

October 1st, 2010
12:30 pm

as a kid in 1977, i got to park underground in one of cox’s six parking spaces underneath fulton cty stadium. oh, my dad was a gsp.

st simons island

October 1st, 2010
12:31 pm

so why did you trade me bobby?

Tim

October 1st, 2010
12:43 pm

Assuming we make the playoffs, whom do we play? The Reds or the Western Division champs?

DC Brave

October 1st, 2010
12:43 pm

Dave in Buford…don’t forget Juan Buerenger and freaking Greg McMichael!!!!!

Keith

October 1st, 2010
12:45 pm

Re: Tim

Depends on the best record I believe. Right now I’m not sure…but I think it’s the Giants….of course, I think that could change depending on the last 3 games…

Brooklynbadboy

October 1st, 2010
12:57 pm

Back in Brooklyn we would say, ” That Bobby Cox…..a Stand Up Guy”.

Ghostrider

October 1st, 2010
1:15 pm

@ Keith — Congrats. on getting married, My Wife are I will be celebrating our 25th. in April. Enjoy the Game and Go Braves….

PMC

October 1st, 2010
1:19 pm

You’ll never here him say it, but Verducci did in his column. This guy gets the absolute maximum out of all of his players.

It will be a sad day saying good bye to 6.

PMC

October 1st, 2010
1:21 pm

It’s a lot more fun being around a boss that is always accentuating the positive. Anyone can be negative. It’s harder to find something good to say in the midst of a 9 game slump.

WinderDogg

October 1st, 2010
1:26 pm

Get well Chipper..

Mayor of Ponce

October 1st, 2010
1:41 pm

Terrific, more trite ramblings from Captain Cliche. You don’t think you guys could have pulled at least one story, or fun anecdote out of Chipper who has played, what, 18 years for Bobby??

Come on, guys. We all know Bobby sticks up for his players.

BullDawg Rick

October 1st, 2010
1:57 pm

Gotta say that Thank You Bobby for restoring the Braves as “players” in MLB!! & Thank You Chipper.. Being the superstar & first ballot HOF’er that you will be, you NEVER played the prima-donna salary game, “going to test the FA market”, with the Braves.. Very refreshing, as there’ll be none left after you!! Get Well, too

Horse With No Name

October 1st, 2010
2:17 pm

Sometimes the dirty laundry crawls out of the clubhouse from players.
Nice comment Bulldagger Rick !

Horse With No Name

October 1st, 2010
2:19 pm

Why is Dacula pronounced Dakoolah instead of like Dracula (Dackulah) without the R ?

Horse With No Name

October 1st, 2010
2:23 pm

Hohn woulda mopped the field with Bobby.

Horse With No Name

October 1st, 2010
2:24 pm

Hohn might have told Chipper “Mind your own business Hooters Boy” ?

Darryl Blackberry

October 1st, 2010
2:24 pm

Hope Chipper gets along well with Fredi come next year. An endorsement from Larry would surely be a big deal to Cox’s successor.

Darryl Blackberry

October 1st, 2010
2:25 pm

Actually, despite what Don Sutton says, “Dacula” is pronounced “Duh-kyoo-lah.”

Horse With No Name

October 1st, 2010
2:27 pm

I’ll have to change my name here. I just named my horse Roxy.

Horse With A Name

October 1st, 2010
2:28 pm

Horse With A Name

October 1st, 2010
2:29 pm

Wrong. I’ve lived in Stockbridge. It is pronounced Da koo lah.

Horse With A Name

October 1st, 2010
2:30 pm

It should be Dack U Lah like Dracula.

Skeezix

October 1st, 2010
2:48 pm

I will miss Bobby Cox greatly. When you read these tributes you learn why players played so hard for him. Tommy Glavine’s comment about the respect his players have for him and how they never want to let him down–that is the hallmark of any great leader and motivator. He is a master of his craft. I mean 14 straight division titles? Are you kidding me? It is a shame that his critics can not see the greatness of the man in that accomplishment alone.

jim

October 1st, 2010
2:51 pm

To echo Dave in Buford — compare Javy Vazquez’s record in 2008 and 2010 with what he did with Cox in 2009. The main reason the Braves did not win more WS was the bullpen, not Cox. The dilemma is perhaps best illustrated in the 1992 series against the Jays. With the Braves holding a 1 run lead and about to go up 2 games to 0, Reardon gives up a 2- run homer to “Slugger” Sprague. the next night with the Braves nursing a 1 run lead in the eighth he stays with a tiring Avery who gives up a HR to Parrish. He couldn’t trust the pen. If you want to place blame for not having more titles look to Lonnie Smith in ‘91 (and that fly ball that fell between Justice and Gant in game 6 long before the Puckett HR), Reardon in ‘92, Wohlers and McMichael in ‘93, Wohlers (and a Belliard bobble right before the Leyritz HR that cost us a DP) in ‘96, and large contributions from Rocker, Liebrandt, Remlinger, Reitsma, and Farnsworth in the later years. (Leave Pena out of the rougues gallery — He had a terrific run in ‘91, as did Stanton in the series.)

jim

October 1st, 2010
2:54 pm

If Braves make playoffs and Reds and Giants end season tied — who do we play?

Brian from SC

October 1st, 2010
3:02 pm

jim, the Giants hold the “tiebreaker” over the Reds due to their head to head record, so the Giants would be the #2 “seed”. The Phillies would play the Reds, and the Braves would go on the road to SF. For the Braves to play the Reds, Cincy would have to sweep this weekend, and SF would have to get swept. Not likely.

jim

October 1st, 2010
3:18 pm

Thanks Brian,
I’m not sure I have a preference. The Braves will not score many runs with our lineup, so matching up our pitching with the Giants offense might be for the best.

JRW7

October 1st, 2010
3:29 pm

BOBBY COX, May GOD continue to bless you, Thanks for the memories! GO BRAVES, let’s win the SERIES for BOBBY!!!!

Dave in Buford

October 1st, 2010
3:35 pm

Jim, I’m not calling it a rogues gallery … my point is the production Cox gets out of these guys. Pena is a great example … look at his record in 1991. His ERA and record in the first half of the season with the Mets was 6-1, 2.71 and four saves in 44 games. In Atlanta he goes 2-0 with 1.40 and 11 saves in 15 games … a full run and a half lower and half a run better than the best ERA he posted in his career.

Cox’s true skill lies in knowing the players in his clubhouse, their strengths and weaknesses and putting them in situations where they have the best chance to succeed. Most of them did. Denny Neagle won 38 games in two seasons for Cox, again 9 games better than his best two year span for anyone else.

This is comparable to people like John McGraw, Connie Mack and Casey Stengel … all great managers who got the most from marginal players.

vermont 39

October 1st, 2010
3:44 pm

Jim…you hit the nail on the head…also don’t forget the LaRoche jog in Houston in that debacle of a game where we were killing them and Farnsworth screwed the pooch!!!
La Roche scores as he should have…we win!!!
BC is a ONER!!!
HoF next and rightfully deserved!

Jim

October 1st, 2010
6:07 pm

Bobby Cox was and is the best.Married for 58yrs. Keep it up Ghostrider.

philly mike

October 2nd, 2010
4:34 pm

SORRY FOR BRAVES
ITS ARE TURN NOW
GO PHILLIES

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Dean

October 2nd, 2010
9:18 pm

Stop all the talk and get a win for goodness sakes!

Taylor

October 4th, 2010
8:59 pm

are turn? hahahaha

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