Wednesday Sept 10, 2008
ATLANTA (AP) -- Despite Atlanta's worst season since 1990,
longtime Braves manager Bobby Cox says he will return in 2009.
The 67-year-old Cox signed a one-year contract extension in May,
but his team was ravaged by injuries and went into a game against
the Colorado Rockies with a 63-82 record, 18 1/2 games out of first in
the NL East.
Cox said the Braves' record will not be a factor in his decision
to step aside, whenever that might be. When Cox pointed out that he already had a contract for 2009, someone said the Braves would surely let him out of it if he had changed his mind. After all, he's been managing the team since 1990, and management has made it clear that he can stay in the dugout as long as he likes. He insisted he won't change his mind.
Cox is the fourth-winningest manager in major league history and
likely headed to Cooperstown after he does decide to retire. The
Braves won a record 14 straight division titles from 1991-04 and
captured the city's lone World Series championship in 1995. The team has fallen off dramatically since its last division title. This will be second losing season in three years for the Braves.
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