Bobby Cox Inducted In 2014 By Veterans Committee As Manager
Bobby Cox is one of the greatest managers in Major League Baseball history, and it’s sometimes forgotten that he managed the Blue Jays. He began his career in baseball as a third baseman appearing with the Yankees briefly from 1968-69, but otherwise playing in the minors before succumbing to knee injuries.
He began his managerial career with the Braves from 1978-81, before arriving in Toronto as their 5th skipper in their early franchise history. He would steer the ship in Toronto from 1982-85, finishing with a record of 355-292 with the Blue Jays. The team actually finished 1st in the AL East in his final season in Toronto as well, when he won AL Manager of the year. He would leave his position in order to become the general manager of the Atlanta Braves, a position he held from 1986-1990.
Cox fired Russ Nixon, then Braves’ manager, in June of 1990 and took on the role himself. Whether he realized it was the start of a run or not, Cox would remain as the manager from 1990 until 2010, when he ultimately decided to retire. The Braves would qualify for the playoffs in 14 straight seasons and won the 1995 World Series, Cox’s lone title.
His record of 2504-2001 includes the regular season and playoffs, and his .576 winning percentage is among the best ever. Cox is 4th all-time in managerial wins, and sits in first in ejections, with 158.
Authored by Chris Henderson