First person Cox tribute: Leo Mazzone

Former Braves pitching coach Leo Mazzone on retiring manager Bobby Cox:

“With the exception of my father, he had more influence on my life than any man in my lifetime.

Mazzone sat (and rocked) next to Cox through 14 consecutive division titles.

Mazzone sat (and rocked) next to Cox through 14 consecutive division titles.

“Being by his side in the dugout for 16 years is what I remember, because every single game was as good as it gets for a pitching coach. It don’t get any better than that. But it was a privilege to be by his side for that many years. Taught me a lot.

“I realized it was special as soon as I became his pitching coach. Then as time has gone on … I wish I could do it again. It went too fast.  [Mazzone pauses, choked up]. It flew by. It flew by. But I can say one thing: I had the opportunity to be the pitching coach for one of the greatest individuals I’ve ever met, not only baseball-wise but as a person. And had the privilege of coaching great pitchers.

“Let me tell you something – that 14 straight division titles, you’re a part of that, that’s history. I mean … you end up getting very emotional talking about it, to be honest with you.”

Previous tributes:

Chipper Jones

John Holland

Tom Glavine

Bobby Dews

Fredi Gonzalez

Royals GM Dayton Moore

Jeff Francoeur

Pete Van Wieren

Umpire Dan Iassogna

Joe Torre

27 comments Add your comment

Congrats Bobby

October 2nd, 2010
6:06 pm

Congratulations Bobby Cox! It was great to have u in Atlanta however I look forward to a different manager. Bobby is a great regular season manager but extremely lacking in the Postseason. Its time for Terry Pendleton to go also not once have I seen him coach up a hitter the entire time he has been in Atlanta. I have never seen a worse bunch of hitters in my LIFE!!! I would love the Braves to make the Playoffs however I believe all TRUE Braves FANS would agree this team is inferior to all other National League Teams in the playoff or Vying for the Playoffs. I just believe when Glaus got sent down to the minors even though his hitting was spotty when would get hot he could put the entire team on his back and we have gotten very little to nothing from Derek Lee, Rick Ankiel or any other pickups. Go Bravos.


October 2nd, 2010
6:33 pm

Thanks Conrad. You led to the Phillies onslaught with your inability to make a simple throw to 2nd and you did again today. It’s no mystery why you are 3rd string – good bat, terrible infielder. The Braves’ defense breaks down at the most critical times during a game – the sign of a team that can not handle the pressure of winning and certainly advancing into the playoffs. Good work boys, why to come through when it counts.

Collasal Collapse

October 2nd, 2010
6:34 pm

This team flat out sucks. The only thing they do consistently is fail. Failing is in each and every one of their DNA’s. Will they lose this game? Yes they will. Now they will be tied with the Padres. Will they choke and lose tomorrow? Yes they will. Why? Because that is what they do best, choke. Can’t wait to see Bobby Cox for the last time in the Braves dugout tomorrow afternoon. Maybe next season with a new manager and new coaching staff this team will have the swagger that has eluded them for the past 5 years.

North Avenue Ned

October 2nd, 2010
6:38 pm

Hey “Collasal”, they oughta’ have a jerk filter for this site. Nice spelling, by the way.

Bill M.

October 2nd, 2010
6:48 pm

Get Conrad off 3rd. Move him to second & Infante to 3rd. Same old story, no hitting or defense. This team must be blown up and start over.


October 2nd, 2010
7:04 pm

Bobby Cox is the worst thing to happen to Atlanta ever. Would rather have won 2 division titles and 2 world series in 19 years than what he did. Perpetual underachiever. Good riddance. Can’t even win 1 out of 3 against Phillies to get into Playoffs? Some leader he is. Getting 2-hit to a team that has nothing to play for at all? No shot Braves get into playoffs after they lose this game. Once momentum gets going, it’s over. Atlanta is truly a worthless team.

Congrats Bobby

October 2nd, 2010
7:08 pm

Its official U SUX


October 2nd, 2010
7:20 pm

Mr. O’Brien, how about writing about the season, the matchups, how bad the Braves are playing, how good the Padres are playing, how bad of a coach Bobby Cox has been this season? Instead you write three tribute posts when the playoffs are on the line. Get a clue. No one cares about Bobby Cox when it comes down to it. If the team loses and misses the playoffs, he’s a goat, and everyone will be happy he’s gone. After he got the team to the playoffs and into the World Series would be the time for the tributes. This is typical backwards thinking. Guess we’re all used to it since we’re Braves followers.


October 2nd, 2010
7:37 pm

What a terrible job Cox has done today! He only has 2 hits today and he made another error at 3B. He can’t run a lick on those artificial knees and got thrown out trying to steal, and he tosses another throw into CF trying to throw out Utley. With those bad knees he can’t keep a ball in the dirt in front of him. Next year we will get a younger faster manager who can hit, run, and throw.


October 2nd, 2010
7:37 pm

We have maybe three guys that can consistently hit when healthy (infante, prado and heyward). It makes me sick to think or our farm system and the lack of hitters we have. Lets hope next year we can find someone that can hit and manage.


October 2nd, 2010
8:09 pm

FIRE WREN now get someone that can find some players that can HIT a baseball going up there looking for walks dont get it

Jughead Obama

October 2nd, 2010
8:58 pm

I still maintain that Leo leaving was big, not because of pitching, but because Booby didn’t have anyone left to play “bad cop”

Jughead Obama

October 2nd, 2010
9:00 pm

Just for all you Booby fans I am posting this on an IBM PC Jr.

Turd Ferguson

October 2nd, 2010
9:24 pm

Phillies are obviously the class of the NL , even if Braves made wildcard where are they goin ?
Only the Giants would have a chance in a 5 game series against Phils , in a 7 they dont have a chance either.

johnny j

October 3rd, 2010
6:58 am

Jason, thanks to you for showing us you don’t have a clue about baseball. There are about 29 teams that would have loved to have been in our (Braves) shoes. Yankees maybe, 209 million payroll though. Jason you were not here for all the bad years before the 14 straight titles. You need your pacifier.


October 3rd, 2010
7:26 am

PLEASE Arthur Blank…buy our beloved Braves from Liberty Media who rumors state will lower our payroll to around $80 million…meanwhile the Phils, Redsox, Yankees is $150 million PLUS… 2011 could be another debacle with broken down former stars, surgical hopefuls and wishing…all with a new manager…PLEASE Mr Blank…


October 3rd, 2010
10:47 am

Jim @ 737 … Amen!

All you people bad-mouthing one of the best and greatest managers in the history of MLB is beyond words.

Thanks, Bobby. The Braves will be darn lucky to get another manager like you.


October 3rd, 2010
7:10 pm

So ,some of you actually still considr BobbyBashers & doomRgloomers as viable posterpersons? After many years ya learn how to eyeskip rite past them to the next real comment .
On that , maybe the following proceedural will aid in your finding humor in most of the goon posts; realize these paunchy ,couch huggin wanna be’s are annually so incessantly berated by the fantasy-lgue members they lose $75 to for sucking it up that they have a vent in this open forum for Atlanta Braves fans & no one is there to counter/point/mock/laugh@them so big Skip (who’s responsibillity & employee love is huge + eternal) is their castout vengance target.
They peek at what they have had timewise & understand how small they seem next to an old geezer w/out knees that has done more in his worst year than they have during their paltry lives. It is enviable ,isn’t it Clyde? It is impossible for 90% of americans today to grasp but his glory is all about treatin others the way you’d wanna be plus applied loyalty & meritous drive to win. These schmucks that damn the truest ballplayer /manager this side of Pete Rose or Billie Martin are just eaten up w/ angst over missed chances and their majorleague club not winning 90 games this year…..oh- that’s rght…the game of baseball doesn’t adore them….hmmmmm….
Thank You for your spirit & drive Mr. Cox. Congrats on takin the game today w/ prado & hoss bokendown! Pat Wags for us! Good Luck !


October 4th, 2010
7:58 am

Bobby with the Payrolls that you were given to work with for players, It’s a wonder that they even came close… With Rookies and veteran players that no one else wanted… People don’t realize the facts of players being injured have done to this team… Chipper down.. Prado gone.. and the others… If we had a payroll like the yanks or Phils… we could just go out and buy our title. Look at it even with all the trials we still made it..


October 4th, 2010
8:56 am

Dear Bobby, I know the kind of man you are and the nastiness of the comments made will be set to the side. You enjoy your accomplishements and know the people of Atlanta and Braves fans across the country all feel grateful we had you and your talents to learn from. No manager is perfect unless they win all their games and well, let’s face it, even a Yankee payroll can’t win every game. How about some respect for Bobby Cox? Give the man his credits and stop with the trash talk!
We love you Bobby, thank you from the bottom of my heart!


October 4th, 2010
9:07 am

Thanks Bobby for your Hall of Fame career. We were blessed to have you in Atlanta.


October 4th, 2010
10:24 am

Jason, you have got to be the stupidest poster I’ve seen to date, along with you other a-wipes that don’t know baseball nor what it means to be a fan…

Bobby Cox, the real fans of baseball and the Braves will miss you… Best there ever was…

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October 5th, 2010
12:06 pm

OMG, come on people, trashing the man is okay on a regular blog, but dang, on a tribute page :roll: That is beyond ugly. If you don’t like Bobby, fine, but name one other manager whose players love and admire him as much as any Brave has ever loved and admired Bobby Cox! You can’t and you know it.


October 5th, 2010
3:56 pm

Honored to be a Braves fan for 52 years, loved the Milwaukee years, the Turner years, the division crown years, and the four years since. We’ve been in the pennant race all summer. Good job guys.

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