Braves to retire Bobby Cox’s No. 6 in August – updated

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – The Braves will retire former manager Bobby Cox’s No. 6 jersey and induct him into the Braves Hall of Fame on Friday Aug. 12, which they are dubbing “Bobby Cox Day,” the team announced on Tuesday.

Cox will be honored in a luncheon that afternoon and his jersey will be retired that night before the Braves play the Chicago Cubs.

“I’m honored, I’m humbled,” Cox said Tuesday. “I honestly don’t know if I belong up there with those numbers.”

Cox’s number will be retired along the left field façade at Turner Field along with those of his former players Greg Maddux (31), Tom Glavine (47), Dale Murphy (3) and Phil Niekro (35). It will be the eighth number retired by the Braves organization, including Hank Aaron (44), Eddie Mathews (41), Warren Spahn (21). Jackie Robinson’s No. 42 is also retired, as with all major league teams.

“Bobby Cox exemplifies the Braves organization,” Braves president John Schuerholz said in a statement. “Inducting him into our Hall of Fame and retiring his legendary number 6 is fitting recognition for a man who has done so much for our organization, our great game, and the city of Atlanta.”

Cox retired after last season after 25 years as Braves manager. His 2,504 wins, including 355 in a four-year stint with Toronto, ranks fourth on the all-time managerial list.

“I’m excited and I look forward to it,” said Cox, who has spent spring training in Braves camp observing in his new role as team consultant. “I’ve had a pretty charmed career. I’m lucky I landed with the Braves organization.”

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dean

March 22nd, 2011
9:49 am

Awesome!!!

Congratulations to Bobby.

Mark

March 22nd, 2011
10:00 am

Well deserved! Congratulations!

Patrick

March 22nd, 2011
10:03 am

Congrats to Bobby!

Carroll or DOB, any indication on when Smoltz’s # will be retired?

LAG

March 22nd, 2011
10:08 am

Nice. :)
Wonder how early I should buy tickets…

MB

March 22nd, 2011
10:13 am

Yeah, I’ve been wondering when Smoltz’s 29 will be retired, too.

Justafan

March 22nd, 2011
10:13 am

Should have been done last year……

Don

March 22nd, 2011
10:15 am

Should have been done many, many years ago.

Chuck M.

March 22nd, 2011
10:21 am

It would have helped with Smoltz if He had retired from baseball.His number will be retired!

CJ

March 22nd, 2011
10:26 am

I’m guessing 2012 will have a John Smoltz Day and 2013 a Chipper Jones Day.

David O'Brien

March 22nd, 2011
10:30 am

Don, regarding your 10:15 a.m. comment: The Braves, like every other team I know of, do not retire jerseys of active players/managers.

Ken Stallings

March 22nd, 2011
10:30 am

No brainer, but something all of us will look forward to seeing. I wonder if it is possible that Bobby will even say something nice about himself?

Probably not! He’ll spend the time telling everyone else how good they were!

Jimmy

March 22nd, 2011
10:34 am

There have been 211 men who have managed at least 600 MLB games.
Bobby stands at number 22 in winning percentage.

2504-2001 for a .556 percentage. Fourth all-time.

‘Nuff said.

Fish Bisch

March 22nd, 2011
10:37 am

What is his winning percentage in the playoffs Jimmy? ‘Nuff said.

steveo

March 22nd, 2011
10:41 am

Retiring another number? Another day honoring Bobby Cox? There’s been too much of both. These type of things are starting to dilute themselves.

Pick a Winner

March 22nd, 2011
10:42 am

Will Bobby’s statue at Turner Field have one or two fingers up the nostril ?

Nataleigh

March 22nd, 2011
10:44 am

I’m so excited. I have to go to this. I just have to.

Bobby Cox

March 22nd, 2011
11:09 am

Who besides me would bring in softball throwing lefty like Charlie Leibrandt to face the best right-handed hitter in baseball like Kirby Puckett with the game on the line??

Andrew

March 22nd, 2011
11:25 am

Hey steveo, just be glad we’ve had players whose numbers are worth retiring.

Don

March 22nd, 2011
11:34 am

Jimmy, his Percentage is actually 93.75%.
Woops – Thats his LOSING PERCENTAGE – of World Series Championships compared to Post Season opportunities.

dave13

March 22nd, 2011
11:38 am

Jimmy

March 22nd, 2011
11:55 am

Fish and Don…yeah I expected that from you guys.
And yes, one World Series in all those years does appear bad. But consider how many WS we would have went to if the playoff format was pre-1969. Only once in the last ten years has the team with the best regular season record won the world series. The postseason is a very different beast.

stupup74

March 22nd, 2011
11:55 am

Got a five game pack and had randomly picked the Aug. 12 game. Glad I bought those.

Herschel Talker

March 22nd, 2011
12:12 pm

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

The man was an imbecile, plain and simple. Thank God that Fredi is in the saddle now.

BCC0224

March 22nd, 2011
12:57 pm

I think an ump should throw Bobby out of the game, just for old time’s sake.
As for his playoff winning percentage, look up Kent Hrbek, Jeff Reardon, and Eric Gregg…

Kent Hrbek

March 22nd, 2011
1:15 pm

Household names (NOT !) Tom Kelley & Cito Gaston have TWO World Series Championships !

Just Saying...

March 22nd, 2011
1:33 pm

Now THAT should be a hard ticket…

Mudville Nine

March 22nd, 2011
1:40 pm

Tickets. Purchased.

Hit A Single

March 22nd, 2011
1:45 pm

Thanks again Bobby! Congratulations!

Sigmaman10

March 22nd, 2011
1:47 pm

This is good! Bobby is one the best managers the game has ever had. He desreves this. Congrats Bobby! What abou a bobble head night for Bobby?

Braves for life

March 22nd, 2011
1:48 pm

Maddux, Glavine and Smoltz should all have their numbers retired. What these three did together year after year is amazing and wont be duplicated again ever in the day of baseball. To keep these three together over the years, WOW. As for Bobby, what manager has taken his team to the playoffs all these years in a row. So he didnt win it more then once. He was THERE. Cant ask for more than that and not be a nut. I do think though that once Smoltz and Cox have their numbers retired then that should be that. Chipper in the hall of fame, well maybe but its time to stop the retirement.

Bob Horner

March 22nd, 2011
1:51 pm

I guess my ole #5 will be next.

thecoxman

March 22nd, 2011
1:57 pm

The number one goal of every team is to get in the playoffs. bobbies teams did it 14 times in a row. I would rather get my heart broken in oct. than watch a team that sucks all season.

big o

March 22nd, 2011
2:03 pm

I hate my lap top !!! But Congrats Bobby !!! Thanks for the memories !!! How can any sane person bash Bobby ? You can second guess his moves which to me is apart of the game but his record speaks for itself.
@CJ
The way Hoss is going we may have to put that off til 2014

Lonnie Smith

March 22nd, 2011
2:05 pm

Its gotten to the point where I expect the Braves to lose in the postseason…

russell

March 22nd, 2011
2:05 pm

bobby did some nice things in atlanta but won only 1 chapionship so lets move on already. bobby your retired go home and relax

Mudville Nine

March 22nd, 2011
2:09 pm

As a kid and teenager watching the 1990’s Braves, I remember several times thinking, “wow, one day we will have a spurt of a lot of these guys’ numbers retired”. Glad to see it’s happening. Smoltz will be next, Chipper not far behind.

I think there will be a long gap, but I expect McCann to absolutely blossom the next few years. He has the best chance at being the next. But it will take some serious work, and possibly a couple championships.

GO BRAVES!!!

Bobby's Booger

March 22nd, 2011
2:30 pm

You can laugh, be critical and insult my intelligence BUT you can never take away those 14 consecutive division championships !

Atlanta: the city of (division) Championships !

BravesExpert

March 22nd, 2011
2:49 pm

Andruw deserves to have his number retired in the future.

BALCO Investegator

March 22nd, 2011
2:53 pm

Imagine what Bonds would have done had he taken steriods.

Sandra

March 22nd, 2011
2:54 pm

Congrats Bobby!!! He gave the city of Atlanta so much with all the Championships, and keeping the team together is incredible. Now Smoltz, retire already so we can have a day for you!!!!!

Joe the Plumber too!

March 22nd, 2011
3:01 pm

What a P.O.S. must be in life. Tell you what pansy boy, show up at the Ted August 12 and boo Bobby in person. Bet you get a free ride to Grady you worthless punk.

Joe the Plumber too!

March 22nd, 2011
3:03 pm

Sorry I was so pi$$ed reading his comment that I left out the punks make believe name, I was talking about Fish Bisch.

BraveExpert

March 22nd, 2011
3:05 pm

Bobby Cox constituted one of the greatest managers ever, despite his shortcomings in handling bullpens.

Mr. Baseball

March 22nd, 2011
3:14 pm

Bobby was an excellent field commander but I can’t put him in the same class as Joe McCarthy, Casey Stengel, Sparky Anderson and Joe Torre.

He gets points deducted for his constant mishandling of the bullpen and blind loyalty to unproductive clowns like Chris Reitsma, Greg Norton, Corky Miller, Yunel Escobar and Nate McLouth, just to name a few of recent memory.

BravesExpert

March 22nd, 2011
3:22 pm

Joe Torre was a product of the Yankees system, though he was still a heck of a manager and on of the best ever.

Robert

March 22nd, 2011
4:15 pm

“As for Bobby, what manager has taken his team to the playoffs all these years in a row. So he didnt win it more then once. He was THERE. ”

And if Bozo the Clown managed those teams, he’d have been THERE as well

The Braves made the playoffs DESPITE Cox. They failed in the playoffs BECAUSE of Cox

Robert

March 22nd, 2011
4:17 pm

“You can laugh, be critical and insult my intelligence BUT you can never take away those 14 consecutive division championships !”

Tell that to a Yankees fan and they will laugh in your face. True champions dont think in terms of division titles

Robert

March 22nd, 2011
4:18 pm

“The Braves, like every other team I know of, do not retire jerseys of active players/managers”

In other words, they couldve solved their biggest problem by retiring the number 6 after the 1993 season?

If only someone woulda thunk of it back then eh?

Robert

March 22nd, 2011
4:19 pm

“There have been 211 men who have managed at least 600 MLB games.
Bobby stands at number 22 in winning percentage.”

Amassing the 22nd best winning percentage all-time with the best pitching staff all-time.

Not what I consider a stellar achievement

Robert

March 22nd, 2011
4:20 pm

On Opening Day, every fan at the stadium should pick their nose during the seventh inning stretch in tribute to Donk

Robert

March 22nd, 2011
4:22 pm

“Thank God that Fredi is in the saddle now.”

No offense to Fredi, who I think is gonna do a fine job, but it’s really thank God that anyone besides Cox is in the saddle now

Robert

March 22nd, 2011
4:25 pm

“Bobby Cox constituted one of the greatest managers ever, despite his shortcomings in handling bullpens.”

If one of the bestest ever in a field is clearly deficient in some critical skill, then that field is in a sorry state

Even if all baseball managers were as bad as your statement implies, Cox would still be the worst ever

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March 22nd, 2011
4:27 pm

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bbkorbel

March 22nd, 2011
4:27 pm

OK…who’s the wise-guy that woke up Robert???

jbailz23

March 22nd, 2011
4:35 pm

DOB – Congrats to Bobby are due for everything he’s done for the Braves and MLB in general.
I will be heading to my first MLB game in June when the Braves meet the Dodgers in LA. I’m looking to get a chance to meet/talk to as many guys as I can, I assume you won’t be there but if you are I’d love the chance to meet you. Do you or anyone in have any advice on the best way to get a chance to meet players or even just get some autographs? Thanks in advance!

jbailz23

March 22nd, 2011
4:43 pm

You bring up Bobby and Robert is going to have an opinion, the name Bobby Cox is his alarm clock.

Mr. Baseball

March 22nd, 2011
4:51 pm

The best managers of the past 40 years have been Sparky Anderson, Earl Weaver, Joe Torre, Dick Williams, Tom LaSorda, Tony LaRussa, Billy Martin & Whitey Herzog. Their teams executed the fundamentals, dropped a bunt, sacrificed, stole bases; not sit around waiting for a 3-run homer or let the starting pitcher give up 7 -8 runs before taking him out, conceding the game in the 3rd inning like Bobby Cox did time after time.

Bob Wickman's navel lint

March 22nd, 2011
4:55 pm

Perhaps we should just cover the infield in hay and stock the dugout with carrots to make old Donk feel at home. We could bring back Greg Norton and Craig Wilson to rub behind his donkey ears and clean up his uncontrollable bowel movements.

Fish Bisch

March 22nd, 2011
4:57 pm

@ plumber joe. Joe, don’t you have some toilets to clean? I will be there booooing till my heart’s content. Maybe my seat will be next to yours.

Eeyore Cox

March 22nd, 2011
5:13 pm

Hhhhhhhhheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee,hhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwww. hhhhhhhhhhheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee,hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwwww.

Splat.

billmaier

March 22nd, 2011
5:46 pm

bobby cox– YOU LEFT OUT THAT PUCKETT was hitting like 625 lifetime off liebrandt fish bisch– good point doesnt bobby have a losing record in playoof games, and to think he had the best pitching staff in all of baseball for so many years nuff said

billmaier

March 22nd, 2011
5:49 pm

I wonder if they will bring back bobby’s favorite players of all time for bobby cox day to help him celebrate by his use of the– 1. greg norton 2. melky 3. jeff bennett 4. jeff reardon at the end of his career when he could get no one out5. jessie chavez

Sandra

March 22nd, 2011
5:58 pm

Who cares who woke up Robert…someone knock him over the head and put him back out!!

Joe the Plumber too!

March 22nd, 2011
6:25 pm

I hope so punk, if not come on over to section 122, I’ll be there 81 times that I know of this year. Some people throw balls back, I’d love to throw a sissy fish back.

Just the Facts Ma'am

March 22nd, 2011
6:48 pm

Gee. Lets honor the man that cost us 4 world Series! Can we lock him up instead?

Just the Facts Ma'am

March 22nd, 2011
6:53 pm

14 division championships 1 world series…..whats wrong with this picture?

So his whats his percentage for converting D.C. into W.C.?

.07

You wanna honor that ?

Just the Facts Ma'am

March 22nd, 2011
6:54 pm

*So whats his percentage for converting D.C. into W.C.?

WinSomething

March 22nd, 2011
8:49 pm

Purchased my tickets! But that was the easy part. Getting the time off work, and then paying for a flight from California, and convincing my Giants fan girlfriend to go with me, those will take some effort to accomplish! But I will be there!

Dan Kolb

March 22nd, 2011
9:09 pm

I’d like to get an invite for the big event. Can Albie Lopez and Chris Reitsma come to? Corky Miller said he got his pass already.

Fish Breath

March 22nd, 2011
9:46 pm

Fish Bisch:
Let me make this simple. Bobby Cox is a winner. You are a loser.

Bob Wickman's navel lint

March 22nd, 2011
10:15 pm

Dan Kolb, let’s say you, me and George Sherrill have a rib eating contest on Bobby Cox day at the Ted. The winner gets to take a dump on the mound with old Donk, just like we use to do.

NO MORE BOBBY

March 23rd, 2011
12:14 am

Congrats Bobby. I’m surprised more people have not commented on this post.

JD@saveasmoker.com

March 23rd, 2011
1:44 am

It amazes me that so many people forget the real reason Manager Bobby Cox has managed 25 great years in the big leagues. Winning is with out a doubt the main reason he will one day be in the Hall of Fame. Bobby Cox the man and what he stands for outside of baseball and the many lives he touched will be the only reason people remember him.
OK he only one world series. Boohoo cry me a river you damn whiners. How many Braves fans would like another championship? Every damn one of us! Would I trade away all that the Braves and Bobby Cox stand for for one more ring? Hell no! If you are only looking for another World Series ring to make you happy then go join the fun of being a Blue Jays fan but before you do name one thing you remember about the Blue Jays since their 1993 second world series championship? Yea it took me a while too. The best I can come with is Alomar spitting on somebody or was that when he was with Baltimore? Do I really care? Do you smell what Im stepping in now boys and girls? Thank you.
Congratulation Bobby Cox, you are what everything good about baseball and life stand for. God Bless you and those just like you Bobby
. Go Braves!

Braves Fan

March 23rd, 2011
7:27 am

Hopefully Fredi will employ the fundamentals of the game; know when to yank a pitcher; and keep his nose clean during the game when the TV cameraman isn’t watching !

Go Braves !

Fredi Gonzalez

March 23rd, 2011
7:57 am

Bobby left me his 1-page playbook. It says tell the guys to swing for the fences, especially on the first pitch; argue with the umpires as much as possible; and pick your nose liberally during the game.

Chad Paranto's hash marks

March 23rd, 2011
8:11 am

I have itchy pants. Fredi, eat the booger.

Mark Lemke

March 23rd, 2011
8:22 am

No, I did not portray “Booger” in the “Revenge of The Nerds” movies !

JoeMac

March 23rd, 2011
9:35 am

I have said it before and I will say it again….. Bobby did less with more than anyone not named Mark Richt.

Don

March 23rd, 2011
9:46 am

I made the comment – “The Braves should have retired Cox’s number many, many years ago.
Mr. O’Brien, you responded – “Major leage teams do not retire the numbers of managers who are still active (still managing)”.
That was EXACTLY MY POINT.

Don

March 23rd, 2011
9:51 am

93.75% – Percentage of failures – Post Season opportunities compared to World Series championships. And that’s with one of the best pitching staffs in the history of baseball with (for the most part) a good supporting cast.
Does that mean that he gets fired.
NO – he gets his number retired and is heading for the Hall Of Fame – GO FIGURE.

Atlanta: City of Divisional Champions

March 23rd, 2011
10:59 am

Don,

Stop using facts; the truth hurts !

Robert

March 23rd, 2011
11:00 am

“Would I trade away all that the Braves and Bobby Cox stand for for one more ring? Hell no!”

Ab-so-LOOOOOOT-leeee – In a New York heartbeat

Chipper

March 23rd, 2011
11:07 am

Sparky Anderson said “Bobby Cox is the greatest Manager in the last 50 years” Can you blame Cox for Lonnie Smith base running SCREW up that cost the braves the ‘91 World Series Championship. Can you blame Cox for Devon White amazing catch off of David Justice bat in game 3 of the ‘92 Series, that change the scope of the series? Do you credit Bobby Cox for putting in a man who only had one a bat in the’92 NLCS(Francisco Cabrera) and languish in the minor leagues all season to win an epic BACK TO BACK NL Championship? Do you credit Bobby Cox for his running of the club house over the 20 years…No players have complained…Sure Torre had Yankees money and a great closer, Cito Gasten had BIG hits in BACK TO BACK WS titles..but happen to Toronto after that…What happen to Twins? Sure we should have won BACK TO BACK TITLES(’95 ‘96) but Wholers chose to use his slider instead of his massive FAST BALL. OH..for that move I don’t blame Bobby because when all else fail..you always go with your best to close the game(Bruce Botchy and Joe Torre) comes to mind.

Mandatory Drug Testing Needed

March 23rd, 2011
12:21 pm

Chipper,

Its about World Series Championships, not division “championships” !

Nobody outside of Atlanta remembers who won the damn division. Before 1969 MLB didn’t even have divisions. Baseball is watered down so much whoever happens to be hot at the end of season likely goes to the big dance. MLB used to be an endurance race; the teams with the most wins were rewarded with a trip to the World Series.

Since 1995 the Yankees, Red Sox and even the expansion Marlins have won MULTIPLE World Series Championships.

Barry Bonds to the Jury

March 23rd, 2011
12:39 pm

“You have to understand, I thought I was just taking vitamins”

JoeMac

March 23rd, 2011
12:56 pm

@Mandantory….you said it well.

Chipper

March 23rd, 2011
6:59 pm

Mandatory Drug Testing Needed
Don’t you think I know this but my point was in which you never answered my post..Can you blame Bobby Cox for Lonnie Smith in ‘91? Please read my post and answer it instead of making stuff up in order to bash Cox….I’m sure you’re BASH Gonzalez if he doesn’t win…RIGHT?

Chipper

March 23rd, 2011
7:07 pm

Since you want to go there….from 1993-2002 had the big three. Smoltz was the closer and Glavine and Maddux left 2002 and 2003…So 2003-2005 we had a make shift rotation. Bobby Cox had the likes of Ortiz and other cast offs to defend their divisional crowns. Sure playoffs are a total different beast. We ran into great pitching and timing hitting…Even the Yankees until the 2009 season didn’t win a World Series after 2000.

JD@saveasmoker.com

March 24th, 2011
1:27 am

Chipper some people will never understand I guess. The hell with um. Go Braves!

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