Bobby Cox says he plans to stay retired

Bobby Cox has always savored the friendships and experiences that he gathered while serving as the Blue Jays manager during the early 1980s.  But he is not interested in ending his retirement to fill Toronto’s managerial vacancy.

“I’m retired,” Cox said on Wednesday morning. “I really don’t know what else to say.”

While serving as the Toronto’s manager from 1982-85, Cox developed a close friendship with current Blue Jays president and CEO Paul Beeston.  The two have remained close during the decades that have followed.

This connection has led some, including FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi, to suggest Cox might be a good candidate to serve as the manage the Blue Jays, who will be a playoff contender if their pending blockbuster trade with the Marlins is approved.

Cox did not learn of this trade until he awoke on Wednesday morning.  But it seemed apparent that this would not be enough to persuade him to end his retirement.

“There is not another guy in the world I’d like to work for more than Beeston,” Cox said.  “But that is not going to bring me out of retirement.  I’m retired and I’m happy here in Atlanta.”

Immediately after leading the Blue Jays to the American League East title in 1985, Cox returned to Atlanta to be with his family and begin his role as the Braves general manager.  He became the club’s manager midway through the 1990 season and held that role through the end of the 2010 season.

During this stint, the Braves won 14 consecutive division titles, five National League pennants and one World Series.  Cox ranks fourth all time with 2,504 managerial wins.  It appears he will enter the Hall of Fame with two of his former players  — Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux  — in 2014.

 

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I have a couple of good questions for you Mark. I heard today that the Braves have pretty much signed Gerald Laird. He might be the best catcher available but he definitely does not come close to matching David Ross in my mind. Did Wren let Ross go on purpose or was it a mistake?

Second question: Who will back up Laird? If he is to start at catcher for the first month plus (and I assume Fredi will be very careful when to bring Mac back so it could be longer) who will be the backup catcher? I know we didn’t re-sign Boscan. People keep saying Bethancourt isn’t ready. Do we have any internal options or will we need to sign another backup catcher?

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