Bobby Cox finished in fourth place for NL Manager of Year in his final season as Braves manager.
San Diego Padres manager Bud Black won the award, edging Cincinnati’s Dusty Baker by one point in one of the closest races in the history of awards balloting by the Baseball Writers Association of America.
Cox, who retired after the Braves’ division-series loss against San Francisco, received one first-place vote, four second-place votes and 11 third-place votes to total 28 points, two fewer than Giants manager Bruce Bochy and eight points ahead of fifth-place finisher Charlie Manuel of Philadelphia.
Black got 16 first-place votes and 104 total points, while Baker received 13 first-place votes and 103 points. Thirty-two writers voted for the award — two representing each NL city — and the only managers to receive first-place votes other than Black and Baker were Cox, Bochy and Manuel (one apiece).