Friday, Feb 15, 2008
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) -- For the 49th straight time, Atlanta
Braves manager Bobby Cox is attending spring training.
He's not the same strapping young man who started his career as
an infielder in 1960 in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. In
fact, he's about to turn 67 and last year broke the record for
getting ejected from the most games in major league baseball
But he looks right at home in the Atlanta Braves clubhouse at
Disney's Wide World of Sports complex.
He tried to walk away from the dugout one time, back in 1985
when he left the Toronto Blue Jays to take over as the Braves'
general manager. Five years later he was back and hasn't left
since, although speculation is running rampant around camp that
this may be the year Cox calls it quits.
Cox isn't saying anything, only that he's looking forward to
starting another season with a deeper pitching staff and a solid
bullpen, but he said that spring training hasn't lost its charm.
He said, "I am not ready to walk away yet. I've been to a lot
of them and they are all about the same, but I still get up for it.
I don't know when it will end, but I am going to leave everything
He said the only thing bothering him about camp this year is the
non-stop talk about steroid and HGH abuse.
Cox said, "We have a great testing system in place. You just
can't test for HGH like you can for steroids. I think we are all
tired of it."
(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)