1:18 am October 12, 2010, by Carroll Rogers
October 12th, 20108:39 am
Nick Dima after the first 5 no fan support?? Really all those games my family and I attended for all those years must not count in your feeble mind. What hurts Nicky is fools like you who don’t really get this whole Braves thing making comments…your living proof that just because you can blog doesn’t mean you should blog. Have a great life hopefully in Philly or Baltimore one of those northern towns where bad folks go when they die..oh and yeah you got slammed for voicing your opinion…deal with it. .
October 12th, 20108:40 am
Thanks for all of the wonderful years Bobby. You are a legend in baseball history and in our minds the best baseball manager. You will always been in the hearts of all of the Atlanta Braves fans. We love you Bobby.
Tellin' the truth
October 12th, 20108:42 am
In May 1995, police were called to the home of Bobby and Pamela Cox in northwest Atlanta, Georgia. Pamela Cox told the police that her husband struck her. Bobby Cox was charged under Georgia’s Domestic Violence Act with simple battery. He was accused of punching his wife and pulling her hair. In a court settlement, Pamela Cox was instructed by the judge to attend a battered women’s program and Bobby Cox was told to complete violence counseling and an alcohol evaluation.
Yeah….what CLASS. How many playoff appearances by the Braves and ONE World Series victory? I guess Bobby Cox was good enough to make the playoffs just not good enough win the WS more than a single time in what 15 playoff appearances?!?!? Even the worst coach can back into a WS victory with that many chances. OVERRATED!
October 12th, 20108:43 am
Tone love to give you a break how about two… a arm and a let…what a moron!!
October 12th, 20108:44 am
well, its time for the train to ride out and take bobby to retirement. i will miss him and hope his retirement treats him well. looking forward to the offseason though. BRAVES WILL SIGN FREDI GONZALEZ AS MANAGER. AND THEN YOU WILL SEE CHANGES THAT WILL AFFECT THIS TEAM. MORE SPEED, MORE HUSTLE, A PROVEN RUN PRODUCER. FREDI WILL TAKE THIS TEAM AND TURN IT INTO A SERIOUS OFFENSIVE THREAT. HOPEFULLY WE WILL SEE THE BRAVES IN THE PLAYOFFS AGAIN NEXT YEAR. THE PITCHING WAS GOOD, NEED TO SHORE UP THE DEFENSE, AND GET SOME BATS THAT CAN PRODUCE CONSISTANTLY. GOODBYE BOBBY YOU WILL BE MISSED, GO 2011 BRAVES!!!!
Thank you Bobby!
Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho
@ Go Phillies, It is my humble opinion that you have a small member. A small mind as well. Go Giants, send the classless Phils home in 4 games please.
I can’t help but notice all the BANDWAGON fans posting on this board. Where were you in the late 1980’s when the average crowd was around 10,000 —- heck, even in late August 1991, in the middle of a title race, the crowd was less than 20,000. Now, after nearly 20 yrs of mixed success, everyone a Braves fan, yet total attendance had dropped every year since 1993. It’s just Too funny.
October 12th, 20108:48 am
Simply the best! I wish he’d reconsider retirement.
October 12th, 20108:49 am
He will be missed…..I would not want to be the next manager
i grew up watching the braves. I just recently went to my first braves game this yr on father’s day and I had a ball. bobby cox means so much to this organization and i will miss him terribly. thank you for 25 yrs of managing the braves, the ejections and all, lol. i am really choked up myself. the braves had a lot of strikes against them this yr and I think they had a great run!
Thanks Bobby. The last 20 years years have been a great ride!
October 12th, 20108:50 am
@ Too Funny- it is amazing how alot of folks only remember the run of the Braves but forget all those down years prior to the run- that is why we were spolied. I tell alot of philly fans here- funny I don’t recall you supporting your team when they were at the VET- now all people are Philly fans around here- the window for these guys will close soon- wait and see- It would be nice if Fredi is signed as Manager and the first player signed for him is EX- PHILLY Jason Werth to patrol center field- I hope it is Fredi as I think he will bring something to this team
Thanks a million Bobby Cox.
From A Loyal Fan in Marianna,Florida
October 12th, 20108:51 am
Go Phillies finally went to bed. I need to write and thank his Mommy for making him turn off the computer. We’ll just put your thoughts over in the “com-post” pile.
As you can see from the year in my screen name, All I’ve ever seen was Bobby in the dugout. He gave a great baseball run in my short lifetime. He coached up some of my favorite players: Andruw, Smoltz, Mad Dog, Glavine, Crime Dog, Javy, Heyward, B-Mac, AND Chipper. I’m truly going to miss Bobby. A classy, “player-first”, manager. All his rosters played hard for him because they revered and loved him. This 2010 roster was a 75-Win team at best, and they put together a great season. Kudos to Bobby. I teared up watching the press conference and the final out. Goddbye Bye Bobby. The greatest Manager to ever put on a uniform!!!
All you idiots saying Bobby Cox was overrated on here are losers. Y’all are just trying to anger Braves fans. If you truly feel Cox was overrated you don’t know squat. Trust me I have been kicked out of more games than you losers have ever played in. Get a life idiots.
October 12th, 20108:52 am
This was my first year buying season tickets to see the Braves. I enjoyed every game that I could go to! Bobby Cox is a class act! And the team are great players. I was thrilled to see the last game (not losing though). I was a little teary at the game.
Bobby, enjoy your retirement and come by every now and then. GO BRAVES and see you next season!!!!
I have been an Atlanta baseball fan since the beginning of time……………so it seems. All the way back to the Atlanta Crackers team. And all through the years of futility that seemed to never end. Then, the light at the end of the tunnel appeared. After so many years in the sewer, so many great moments to remember with Mr. Cox and all of the players during these great years. Last night was so fitting (even after a loss) for a great franchise. Mr. Cox, please do have a grand time riding off into the sunset.
October 12th, 20108:55 am
Nice column, Carroll. The whole ending–the sportsmanship of the GIants, the fans’ reaction, the players and their feelings, nicely done. Thanks for a great year to the team, and for good coverage. Take a little time, turn the page, good and bad. A new era begins. As for the rest of the playoffs, I don’t give a rip.
October 12th, 20108:56 am
Uhh Tami I believe Marie was talking to a Phillies fan that was bagging on Bobby and the Braves. Reread the post and see what you think. The dolt posted at 1:45, 2:07, 2:26, 2:57, 3:04, and 3:11AM. Now go get your panties un-wadded and settle down.
October 12th, 20108:57 am
Enter your comments here
Would love to get an article/blog out as to which players on the 2010 roster that you think will not be with us in 2011 and who you think will or might fill them.
For example, assuming Chipper makes it back it looks like we will have Chipper at third, Prado at second and McCann behind the plate however, am I correct in assuming we will have a new shortstop and firstbaseman?
As you look to the outfield it is my understanding we will/should only see Heyward and Mcclouth (unless traded) back next year and Melky and Diaz should be nontendered and Ankiel is a free agent. I think Hinske also needs to be signed immediately as he is too good off the bench and to important in the clubhouse. As for the bullpen I see only losing Wagner , Saito and Farnsworth.
Anyway , I’m still to emotional right now however, need something to look forward to in my misery.
October 12th, 20108:58 am
We love you Bobby.
I have very fond memories of you as the best skip in the business. The most greatest memory is wach the 1992 series with my father and I(my father has since passed away in 2007). And to have the city embrace our team that year was amazing. I never though a “chop” would turn this town upside down.
You Brought my father and I closer together the day Sid Bream slide in home plate againt the pirates..to have that memory will always be in my heart and mind..thank you for the greatest gift of all..family
Marc in FL
October 12th, 20108:59 am
A sad day in Georgia indeed.
The Bees Nees
October 12th, 20109:00 am
Re: Go Phillies What would you expect from anyone from Philadelphia? Didn’t they boo Santa Claus once? Completely without class.
October 12th, 20109:03 am
As a lifelong Braves fan who nearly jumped off the upper deck when Hinske hit that homer then had his heart broken yet again by Bobby’s bad decision, I will miss him.
He’s been the Braves manager for my whole life, every game I’ve ever been to (with the exception of a couple of Russ Nixon’s) has been his to steer.
No matter how many times he broke my heart, he would always find a way to put it back together again.
I’ll miss you Bobby!
October 12th, 20109:04 am
@Tami Marie was referring to the Go Phillies blogger btw.
Such fond memories of Cox and the Braves. I can still remember “Braves Win…Braves Win” with Bream sliding into home base. Bobby, Thanks for the great memories and actually making this guy a baseball fan!! I couldn’t get past tea ball. I was great in the band though.
October 12th, 20109:06 am
Oops… T-Ball not tea ball. Or, maybe that’s the southern way to spell it.
It was sad watching the game end, knowing that it was his last game, Bobby Cox, you are a CLASS ACT I don’t think anyone will ever be able to fill your shoes. Strangely, it felt like a death in the family, as opposed to knowing it was his last managerial game. Thanks for all the memories, you have done Atllanta proud!
October 12th, 20109:09 am
We were so lucky to have you.
October 12th, 20109:10 am
You take that scene, and it tells you everything you need to know about Bobby Cox. What the armchair managers think is irrelevant; Bobby Cox meant the world to those players, and they meant the world to him. What they achieved, collectively, this year is truly amazing.
We’ve seen how Frank Wren has “helped” the organization with roster moves; now we get to see him hire a new manager.
I hope all the Cox haters are happy with whoever Wren brings in.
October 12th, 20109:11 am
Yeah I remember the 80’s hell I remember the 70’s I got to the ATL in 1964..so when I tell you that Bobby Cox IMHO is the best manager to ever lead the Braves you don’t have to agree just know I’ve seen ALL of them.
I went to bed last night with a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes which still have not disappeared this morning.
Thanks Bobby for being a wonderful manager and person over the years for our Atlanta Braves. Thank you for all of the awesome memories you’ve provided for myself and my daughter and son. We were privileged to have met and talked to you at Spring Training six years ago.
My family and I will continue to eat, sleep and breathe Braves baseball, but it won’t be quite the same without #6 at the corner of the dugout.
Bobby, I wish you and Pam well in your retirement!
October 12th, 20109:12 am
Thanks for the ride, Bobby! It was bumpy at times, but well worth it!
McFann O O – 6
October 12th, 20109:13 am
Great article, DOB. Very very nice…Bobby will be missed for sure.
This doesn’t feel like it should really be over.
I miss you already, please tell the Braves on your way out to fire Terry Pendleton, I know we were banged up but he is useless.
October 12th, 20109:14 am
There will never be another Bobby. But, I think it’s time for him to go. Take last night…..why take moylan out after one batter. He got the ground ball he needed, didn’t he?!?!?! Also, WHY pinch hit for Diaz???? I mean com one having Melky hit for him!!!!! I am really trying to understand that move. One last thing……why not start Hinske last night. All he has done is HIT the ball. With that said, I am looking forward to seeing Fredi next year as the manager!!!!!!!
October 12th, 20109:19 am
It is very obvious that almost all the bloggers never followed the Braves prior to 1991 and know little about the history of the Atlanta Braves. Those of us that have followed the Braves since they moved to Atlanta in 1966 are fully aware that the 1969 team is the only contending team we’ve had that was not built by and/or managed by Bobby Cox. Even the 1982 team managed by Torre was built by Bill Lucas & Cox, as Torre himself has pointed out. Those of you who are glad Cox is gone, just like kids who move away from home for the 1st time, will soon realize just how good we had it. Those of us who followed the Braves since 1966 say welcome back to the days of managers like Eddie Mathews, Clyde King, Dave Bristol, Eddie Haas, Chuck Tanner, and Russ Nixon. Welcome back to 16 game losing streaks, 90 – 100 loss seasons, empty stands, and Atlanta being considered baseball’s hades. Soon you will all long for the days of Bobby Cox.
October 12th, 20109:21 am
October 12th, 20109:22 am
As Tom Hanks said, “There is no crying in baseball”. But, this wasn’t baseball, this was the end of the road for one of the best managers in the history of baseball. I, like many other fans in ‘Braves Country’ will eventually get over the loss of Bobby, then we can reflect back on what an absolutely incredible ride he has taken on these last 20 summers. Thanks for the memories Bobby. See you in Cooperstown.
Very nice column Carol! Thanks for the memories Bobby!! Braves, great job!! Giants, thanks for showing such class!! I am and will continue to be a staunch fan of the Braves!! Thirty-eight years and still going!!!
I’ll miss you Bobby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
October 12th, 20109:24 am
I’m positive the Braves will not lose 90-100 games next year or years after. Too much young talent!!!!
October 12th, 20109:25 am
Is it to soon to look forward to next year? Who will be staying and who will be going? How long will it be before the braves announce who the new manager will be?
There will be a lot to read about this winter.
Thanks for an exciting season team. You gave us some thrills.
October 12th, 20109:27 am
Thanks Mr. Cox for some wonderful memories. I learned the details of the game as a young med tech working the evening shift at Grady during the 80’s, and listening to the games on the radio,and remember you from the Expos. By the early 90’s, I had gone to medical school in MI, and returned to GA as a resident at Grady Memorial Hospital. From Sid Bream’s heroics, being at some of the playoff games, watching the fire at the old stadium one July, and standing on the balcony of Grady’s 16th Floor to watch the old stadium come down with other Grady staff and doctors, I have truly fond memories.Thank you for being there during my growing up years and beyond, and teaching us all how to someday retire with class and dignity.
October 12th, 20109:31 am
It’s been a Hell of a Good Ride Bobby…! Thanks for the many years and making the Braves an America Team! And as a Atlantian Born and Raise we have never been as proud of the Brave since Hank Aaron… Best Wishes to you Bobby!
October 12th, 20109:32 am
This baseball is making me sick more often then ever. Umpiring crew had lots of questioning calls and it seems like all those calls went against Braves and hitters’ strik and ball zone were messed up. A call in second base last night could EASILY be out but ruled Infante was pulled out. Well they why Paul didn’t rule Alex hit in game 3 the same way when Bobby was thrown out? That call in second base made a winning run AGAIN. This city is cussed with baseball god. Lets run a spritual drum rally around Turner field to make baseball god HAPPY.
Bob from Accounttemps
October 12th, 20109:33 am
A stellar career and an amazing season where he made lemonade from lemons, without a doubt. Too many errors – even from vets like Gonzalez (is it that tough to hustle to first base in a do or die game?) But you still must question some decisions: Melky for Diaz last night (especially after that incredible throw home)? Dunn for Kimbrel (or Moylan) Sunday night? Letting Lowe manage the game last night? Oh well, hindsight is always 20/20. Looking forward to next year.
Oh, and @Phillies Fan: bringing up the 1995 episode is ancient history at this point. Of course, he/she supports Vick. Win at any cost, I suppose.
October 12th, 20109:37 am
Players all across the league have said if they could play for anyone, it’d be Bobby. I’ll miss ya!
Hope the Giants win it all this year.
Randal Patrick McMurphy
This is one helluva story, thanx David O’Brien! I may not see eye-2-eye with your views, I salute you for getting this out – well done and well written…
And of course:
Thank you, Mr Cox… you’ve taken a lot of unnecessary heat from the fan base (and occasionally the media), but you’re a Class Act and a wonderful human being. Enjoy your post-Baseball life, and to you I wish nothing but the best, Sir!
October 12th, 20109:38 am
Your all i’ve ever know Bobby Cox! Im going to miss you,the atl.braves just wont be the same without you!
October 12th, 20109:39 am
Bobby, thanks for everything you did for this club. There is a reason why players wanted to go to Atlanta and play under Bobby Cox, he only asked that his players give it all they got and that he would be backing them up. Only hope that who comes in next year will ask Bobby for advice and help. No one will ever be able to fill Bobby’s shoes. THANKS BOBBY AND THE BRAVES.
October 12th, 20109:41 am
As a New York Mets fan, writing from New York, I want to tell Braves fans that you will never know how lucky you are to have had such a great man as Bobby Cox as your manager for so many years. Bobby’s Braves beat our Mets year after year, and he was always the true professional who led his team with tenacity and guts. He always came out of that dugout to support his men when a wrong call went against them, with no concern for himself. He never cried foul after a tough loss, but just went out next day or the next season to win again. True class. You don’t know how much we wish we could have had him as our manager. Good luck, Bobby, we’ll miss you in New York too.
October 12th, 20109:42 am
I agree with few blogers here. Bobby should have start HINSKY last night. He was pumped up after a two run blast in G3. I also thought Nate McClouth would have batted better then Diaz. Nate got single in SF as pinch hit and it wasn’t a lucky hit. It was a solid hard hit. It is easy to second guess but can’t stop asking questions myself why not start HINSKY and Nate McClouth when other are not hitting a SOFTBALL in entire series. Game two was won by CHINO. I liked how he was very aggressive inserting players and pitchers. I felt we could have done same in game 4. But we will wait for next Octobeeeeeeeeeeeeeeer as Frank Wren always says..next year we will be much better club every year.
The Big Dog
This was such a special year. Everyone played thier hearts out and I am so proud to be a Braves fan. The future is bright. Spring will be here before we know it. We will miss you Bobby! You were the absolute best.
If the Braves had to lose, I’m glad they went out on the home field, where the fans could give him an ovation. And great class by the Giants to tip their cap to him in the middle of the celebration. Heard Jason Stark this morning talk about how he’d never seen anything like that in all of his years of baseball and how anyone who didn’t appreciate Bobby Cox or harped on his lack of World Series success was – and I’ll paraphrase here – an idiot who doesn’t understand the game.
This is the end of such a huge era. I went from watching Bobby Cox when I was in college with friends around a 13″ TV with a bad antenna to watching him in a house with my husband and two little kids running around. He was a constant through three cities, about a dozen apartments, one condo and two houses. Even though he’ll still be involved, it almost feels like a death in the family, because who knows how much we’ll see him, and he certainly won’t be wearing the uniform anymore.
Ignore the haters, folks – they’ll go away when no one pays attention to them. They’re just trying to stir the pot. Anyone who knows the game knows what a tremendous asset Bobby has been to the Braves and the sport of baseball, as a GM and a coach.
I hope all you Bobby bashers are happy now. He’s gone. Now crawl back under your rock…..
October 12th, 20109:44 am
Will miss Bobby greatly, for many reasons.
Next questions: Fredi? Chipper? Do we extend any of the veterans we have, or is next year first and foremost a youth movement?
October 12th, 20109:45 am
Watching the Braves will never be the same without #6 in the dugout. He was the manager that I’m sure all players in the bigs would have loved to have played for. All the admiration and respect he has been shown these last few days is well deserved. Whoever takes his place has some awfully big shoes to fill.
October 12th, 20109:46 am
I just teared up reading this, and I’m a Mets fan in NYC…
October 12th, 20109:51 am
Thanks Bobby, you are the only manager I have known in my 20 years as a Braves fan. I for one don’t care about not having more than 1 championship, the fact that you were the best team in the division for 162 games 15 times says volumes about how good you actually were. I enjoyed destroying the Muts and Phags every year, over and over and over and over. Basically I knew when I cam to the ballpark we had a 75% chance to beat whoever we played and I got to enjoy a ton of wins, repeated Mut/Phag fan frustration, the greatest world series of all time (1991) after going worst to first, a world series win in ‘95, and a lot of awesome memories my entire life as a Braves fan. I can tell you for sure, I am proud to have been a Braves fan during this man’s tenure, I wouldn’t have rather been a fan of any other team. Thank you for everything Bobby, enjoy your retirement and trip to Cooperstown.
October 12th, 20109:52 am
I can’t wait until next year. The first close game the Braves lose, you know the inevitable will happen, someone (fan, writer, or commentator) will ask, ‘If Bobby was still here, do you think he would have…..
October 12th, 20109:54 am
Stu B, you are exempt from my “Mut” reference.
October 12th, 20109:57 am
Thank you so much for the great memories, Bobby!
Conrad…shake it off. There will be another season for you.
October 12th, 201010:01 am
You can’t blame Phillies Fan for being the way he is. I’d be mad all the time too if I had to live in that craphole of a city. 20 championships can’t erase that fact.
THANK YOU TO BOBBY COX
FROM 1991 TO 2010, YOU DID IT THE RIGHT WAY
WHAT A GREAT RUN
October 12th, 201010:04 am
Thank you, Bobby!! Living in Atlanta for almost 50 years, I’ve seen the positive impact you’ve had on Atlanta, your players, opposing players, other managers, and all who came in contact with you. Thank you for some wonderful and incredible memories!!
October 12th, 201010:06 am
Totally teared up reading this… and watching the fans give Bobby a standing ovation after last night’s game. The Braves won’t be the same without him, that’s for sure. 25 years as manager — those are going to be some hard shoes to fill. Go Braves!
October 12th, 201010:10 am
Thanks for everything Bobby, never known Braves baseball without you and while I will always love it, it will never be the same without you coming out the dugout in those metal spikes. Thanks for making me love Braves baseball. God bless.
Braves Fan Since "80
Bobby it has been fun….. we all have had plenty opportunities to second guess you but none of us have had to put together and hold together a team…….. I am glad you were able to walk away on your turns….. saddend to know the last memory I will have of you in a baseball uniform was a tough loss…. after back to back losses that should have been wins you still cared more for the guys that let you down with poor defense than about how you felt…….. The greatest offseason hole to plug will always be known as bobby’s job enjoy
October 12th, 201010:11 am
JAY-HEY: You can assume the new first baseman’s name will be Freddie Freeman.
October 12th, 201010:12 am
And with Bobby’s departure, the last bit of baseball from my childhood is gone. Things just won’t be the same next year.
thx for the memories Bobby and thx for getting rid of our somewhat deserved “Loserville” tag. Re: Brooks Conrad….anyone who has played the game knows what he’s going through. It’s happened to us through high school and summer leagues. Sometimes you prayed that the ball WASN’T hit to you. His stage was just bigger than ours ever was. Hang in there Brooks. You made us happy and sad. It’s called “life.”
donnie: thanks, but give Carroll credit for writing the excellent story about Cox meeting with his players after the game.
October 12th, 201010:13 am
You said it, DawginLex!! And I’m *from* that craphole of a city! Frankly, I’m surprised he/she can even type. Probably a “hunt and pecker”, with emphasis on the pecker.
October 12th, 201010:17 am
Bobby is a player’s manager, that’s why he is so loved by them. He did well with what he had but he is too loyal sometimes.
That being said you have to play the hand your dealt. Who dealt that hand? Frank Wren. The players he brought in proved to be next to worthless. Gonzo, Lee, Ankiel, Farnsworth, Cabrera , all of them were essentially worthless this year.
Don’t argue the fact that Ankiel hit a HR two nights ago makes the trade for him a good one. Those players’ body of work while they were here were terrible.
The best you can get for a promising young SS (Escobar) is an aged player whose already hit his career high in HR?
NOt sure what Bobby was really supposed to do with that batch of bums.
October 12th, 201010:18 am
DOB, Please start a movement to get Bobby to write a book. There’s not a baseball fan anywhere that wouldn’t buy it and read it that very same day!!! Thank you Bobby Cox.
October 12th, 201010:21 am
God Bless You Bobby! We’ll never forget you.
Now go have an awesome retirement. You deserve it!!
We’ll see you next time we take our kids to Cooperstown~
October 12th, 201010:25 am
Players to consider re-signing / releasing and my opinions:
Melky Cabrera: Released
Nate Mclouth: stays b/c of his contract
Troy Glaus: non-tendered
Eric Hinske: Re-signs, says he wants to return
Scott Proctor: Re-signs, we need another power righty
Takashi Saito: Non-tendered (too old)
Rick Ankiel: Re-signs as bench player, great defense
Kyle Farnsworth: He left last time, he’ll probly leave again.
Derek Lee: i wish he could stay, but it’s freemans time
Alex Gonzalez: Stays. who else are we gonna get thats better?
2011 Manger: Eddie Perez OR Fredi Gonzalez
Lineup: Not knowing free agents signees
1. Martin Prado: moves back to leadoff with a healthy team
2. Omar Infante: Plays left field unless we sign an outfielder
3. Chipper Jones: One last Hooraah
4. Brian Mccann: Breaks out in Home runs with J-hey hitting behind him
5. Jason Heyward: hits .300 with a lot of walks b/c of left freeman behind him
6. Freddie Freeman: Solid rookie year, should contend for Rookie of the Year
7. Alex Gonzalez: Another 20 Hr year. should have a lot of RBI’s due to amount of baserunners
8. Outfielder to be named later: PLEASE get an outfielder who can hit Frank Wren!!
9. Time Hudson: opening day starter
1. Time Hudson: 2011 calls for another 17 win season. All-Star
2. Derek Lowe: breakout year b/c of the new slider he has found : 16-19 wins and All-star
3. Tommy Hanson: Definitely his breakout year: 3rd year = great success: 14-16 wins. 200 K’s
4. Jair Jurrjens: Finally healthy. returns to 2009 form and wins 13-15 games with sub 3.20 ERA
5. Mike Minor: Finally fresh, we’ll see how he holds up through the season: 10-12 wins: 3.90 ERA
Kris Medlen will be returning in Septemeber from Tommy John and What about Brandon Beachy? He could be long inning relief until Medlen comes back
2011 Prediction: 95-67 1st in either wild card or division
October 12th, 201010:26 am
to all those who criticize bobby and the braves because of the lone “one championship” – how truly ignorant. there is no way anyone can plausibly justify or define greatness and talent in the game of baseball with the number of rings you have. luck has played a huge role in some very big games for other teams, as well as some very deep pockets. but the braves have consistently been there (with the exception of the last 5 seasons). that is talent. we were world series contenders earlier in the season but the injuries just caught up to us – it’s that simple. yet they continued to grind and got into the playoffs. i don’t think any other team in baseball has EVER accomplished what they have given their means.
my heart truly aches because we have lost such a legendary manager, coach, and person. i can’t fathom baseball without you – but knowing you will still be tied to the organization gives me much solace! another ring would have been nice, but you were on top of the world last night, the way you went out. and that’s how we will always remember you. absolute perfection.
October 12th, 201010:28 am
DOUG great idea there…I bet there is a TON of stuff fans would love to hear..if only Bobby would tell it !
October 12th, 201010:29 am
I’d like to see Joe Torre come back. Anybody with me on that?
October 12th, 201010:30 am
Wow. I teared up just reading this and some of the post. It is a sad day of mourning here in atlanta. I feel as everyone else, like bobby passed and not just retired. Bobby is all I have ever known since growing up as a kid. It just doesnt seem right or feel right to watch him in his last game. I wish Bobby the best of luck in retirement and I want to personally thank him from the bottom of my heart for all the great memories. It almost feels like I have lost my grandfather. But, even though he is not in the dugout coaching he will still be around, up in that press box sipping on some whiskey and smoking all those cigars he got on his farewell tour for the next 5 years. Well Love you Bobby and again THANK YOU.
October 12th, 201010:31 am
One thing from last night’s game (haven’t read all the blog entries yet) – has anyone commented on the fact that Gonzalez didn’t run out the ball that Renteria dropped? If he had, it would have been 1st and 2nd, one out. Big difference. I wouldn’t mind seeing Gonzalez gone. He’s a bit of a head case out there. Also, Nate McLouth. Great guy. Needs to be on another team even if it means eating contract. He subtracts from the effectiveness of the team, so paying to get rid of him is not such a bad thing.
October 12th, 201010:33 am
Reading these articles about Bobby about made me cry. What a great manager. He will be missed. Love you Bobby!!!
1 – 15 !!!!
Oh yeah and Doug. Thats a great idea. I dont even read, but I would read that book if it came from bobby.
Braves Fan Stuck in Beantown
Toughest 24 hours since I lost my grandfather in ‘93. He, too, loved Bobby.
October 12th, 201010:34 am
Thanks for everything Bobby. Some of these people don’t realize that its more to a baseball team ,than what goes on from innings 1 thru 9. The 9 months of being away from their homes, the hard work, nagging injuries, etc. Its more to be said of how a manager works between games and that is where Bobby excels. He has to play who the owners give him and how he held this rag tagged injury riddled team together was nothing short of amazing. I’m also a big Chipper fan ! Best wishes Bobby
October 12th, 201010:35 am
It’s okay to be a fan for the team that you choose, and to root for them as enthusiastically as possible. I’ve never been a fan of the Giants but I felt a bit of admiration for their manager and players as they took time to pause during their celebration and recognize the respect and love Atlanta fans have for Bobby Cox. That was class. But to go on a rival team’s blog the night after something like this to try to stir up people’s already painful emotions is low brow, no-class display no matter if the Phillies win this year’s World Series or not.
Let me remind you of something; things eventually, inevitably change. It may be next year, or five more years before the Braves or some other NL East team dethrones the Phillies. Or they may not even GET to the World Series THIS year; it’s why they play the games. The Phillies are a great team and their city should be proud of them for turning a culture not unlike Braves fans experienced during the 1980s around. But I would never go on YOUR blog boards to “rub it in” if all of that success suddenly ended or if one of your future Hall-of -Famers was leaving to criticize whatever faults or flaws they may have had.
Just remember the Saints fans who were trolling the Falcons boards here a year ago. They aren’t trolling so much now, are they? The same will happen with you, so-called “fans” of the Phillies who are trying to twist the knife here right now. Eventually, inevitably.
Thanks, Bobby Cox!!!! And GO BRAVES!!!!!!!
October 12th, 201010:36 am
All you Phillie fans….come back when YOU win 14 straight division titles.
October 12th, 201010:38 am
First–to that “go Phillies” guy–did you really stay up till after 3am to get on here and trash Bobby Cox? This guy is going to the hall of fame–no question –first ballot. Can’t you even have the common decency to let the Braves fans mourn our loss for a few hours? This town loves Bobby and always will…get a life and get the hate out of your heart. Just like a Philly fan to rub it in…typical loud mouth…
to Nick Dina and to Tone:
Thank you for saying it like it is. I LOVE the Braves, but they were successful through the years in spite of Bobby not because of him. When you have superior talent, which in most of the years, they did, you SHOULD win in the regular season. When you get to the post-season, and you play against teams that are either equal or slightly better than your team is, it is then that a manager can influence a game with better strategy or moxie. I watched Bobby burn guys out year after year, especially in the bullpen. He was easy to first guess because he was so predictable. I give him credit for this year, which I do believe was his finest managing job ever, and giving them the motivation to keep playing hard. But sentimentality aside, let’s also be honest enough to cal it is it really was. The guy that did more for this franchise over the past 20 years was Schuerholz, who constantly got the talent to have them in the hunt nearly every year. Bobby, you are a really great guy, and a players manager. I wish you well in whatever you choose to do next in your life. Now, Braves fans, let’s rally around Fredi for next year and see if we can turn the corner and really be in the hunt.
October 12th, 201010:40 am
To ‘AlforATL’ at 10:31 am, Gonzo stopped running when it appeared that Renteria caught the line drive, then ran after he realized he dropped it. I can’t fault him for that. Although Gonzo looks like he doesn’t seem to get a lot of love here in the forums, he was about the only Braves player who showed emotion when he didn’t get a hit.
Bobby, thanks for hundreds of late inning combacks thru high school, college, marriage, fatherhood, grandfatherhood, and a significant part of my 48 years. I cannot begin to think of a sports figure that has impacted my life more. Not just for the sports, but the class and professionalism you imparted on the Braves and the city of Atlanta.I have been a Braves fan since 1969 when I moved here as a young boy. Countless memories with my Dad and brother watching Bobby’s teams. The NLCS victory over the Pirates and Bonds stands out. There we were…Dad, brother Don, and myself….in the cheap seats when Bream made the struggle home to win it. The most phenominal experience ever as a Atlanta sports fan. I thoght AFCS was little going to come down. The noise was indescribable. A memory with my Dad I will cherish thanks to Bobby and the Braves organization. Thanks to John Shurholtz for his vision to keep Bobby at the helm and assembling the talent in recent years. My Dad, now in his late 70’s, returned home from the game Monday night with a Bobby Cox jersey my sis bought him at the game. The sight of him brought tears of joy. I owe you one Bobby!
October 12th, 201010:43 am
@tim: I’d rather he show emotion *after* he gets a hit. Oh wait, that doesn’t happen. I’m still ticked about the trade, too. I liked Yunel.
October 12th, 201010:45 am
RAKOS1—-You are a frigging jerk.Let me know when your kid has his/her next birthday party so I can come over and pee on the cake. Thanks but no thanks. Atlanta Braves fans have enjoyed much success “in spite” of losers like you.
October 12th, 201010:47 am
Ed Zachary……and I’d like to take a poop in your shoes!
October 12th, 201010:49 am
I could of managed Maddux,Smoltz and Glavine.Cox is overrated, the Braves are overrated underachievers,always have been.Say Hi to your awesome second baseman for me!ITS A GROUND BALL FOR CRYING OUT LOUD.Fans in the stands who could have done a better job playing second base.Sorry Bobby but you are a winner but not a champion just a guy who can come close.
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