Cox and Wren have formed strong working relationship

Bobby Cox and Frank Wren aren’t unlike any other general manager-manager combos in professional sports.  Just like the key decision makers in any corporation, they are bound to encounter internal conflicts.

During one of the early days of Spring Training this season, Cox seemingly reached his boiling point after exiting a meeting with Wren and his coaches.

Reacting to a tone that he felt was condescending toward his coaches, the long-time Braves manager contemplated immediate retirement.  

After a few hours of contemplation, Cox opted to stick around.

Cox’s respect for Wren has led him to deny that this event occurred.  But those of us that have been around the team throughout this season, can’t deny the fact that the working relationship shared by Cox and Wren was definitely strengthened in the days, weeks and months following this event. 

No later than Monday, Cox will likely confirm that he’s returning to manage at least one more season.  If he truly felt that he couldn’t continue to work with Wren, the 68-year-old skipper would have already provided more indication that he’s currently spending his final days on the bench.

Like Cox’s successor will have big shoes to fill, Wren didn’t exactly encounter an enviable situation when he assumed the role that John Schuerholz had mastered for so many years.

To simply refer to Schuerholz as a great baseball man would be an insult.  His greatness was gained through the great leadership that he continues to provide the Braves organization as its president. 

Still during the 17 years that Cox and Schuerholz shared a manager-GM relationship, they had their differences.  But over time, they developed a working relationship that drew envy from the peers that shared their positions throughout the Majors.        
  
Wren has done an excellent job ushering the Braves away from holding on to tightly to their successful past.  While saying goodbye to the likes of John Smoltz and Tom Glavine, he’s ushered the club toward what he foresees as a bright future.

At the same time, Wren has also shown the willingness to make the adaptations necessary to build the strong working relationship that has given Cox even more reason to stick around a little longer to be part of this future. 

7 Comments

I’m excited that Bobby will be back next season and I am excited that we have such an ambitious General Manager such as Wren. I think that the having some new blood in the front office and having an old sage on the bench will be good for this organization.

I also want to say that it is with sadness that I see fans and media members stating that Bobby Cox’s time as manager should come to an end. If the media or fans were as intelligent as they make themselves out to be then we wouldn’t need Wren or Cox as we could fill their roles with more competent people out of the ranks of loud mouthed journalists and malcontented fans.

Remember people, the newspapers need a story to print and people to read it, so of course they are going to stir the pot. As for the fans that think they know better than the people in this illustrious organization, please tell me where you gained your Major League experience. Please tell me why you aren’t a Major League coach or manager; let alone a Minor League coach or manager.

Get over yourselves, Bobby Cox is an amazing manager and while you may question some of his decisions, I think his experience and achievements should be enough to tell you to stick a sock in it. The man knows what he is doing. You do not. So stick to your day job, and he’ll do the same.

GA cost the Braves a run by not running out that deep fly ball. Hopefully, it won’t hurt them. I would like to see Church and Diaz get some action at the corner OF positions. I just don’t see the same value with GA that Bobby does.

GO BRAVES!!!

Bobby has had a great run. That said, it’s time for the Braves to switch leagues. We need to go from being an American League team to a National League team (as we don’t have the personnel to be an American League team). The best choice to replace Bobby is the National Legue manager that is currently managing in the American League. Mike Scioscia’s style of play would revitalize our team. If he started managing in 2011, with the talent we have coming up, we’d be in the World Series by 2013, maybe 2012.

Mark, I’ve already heard some speculation as to who the Braves will hire to take over in 2011, one name that has been brought up is Brad Mills. Have you ever met Mills? If so how do you think he would fit in with Atlanta?

Mark, I’ve already heard some speculation as to who the Braves will hire to take over in 2011, one name that has been brought up is Brad Mills. Have you ever met Mills? If so how do you think he would fit in with Atlanta?

Mark, I’ve already heard some speculation as to who the Braves will hire to take over in 2011, one name that has been brought up is Brad Mills. Have you ever met Mills? If so how do you think he would fit in with Atlanta?

Wow – a sweep of the Nats and the Cards taking 2-3 from the Rocks… this is getting interesting. Damn you Braves for playing with my emotions!!!

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