In a new SI.com video on the Braves’ Resurgence, Tom Verducci was asked if Bobby Cox would stay in Atlanta coaching if the Braves won the NL East. Verducci said no, that Bobby was done for sure with Atlanta but might be coaching somewhere else – used the term “has a lot a baseball left in him.” The interviewer then said “It sure would be weird to see Bobby in a jersey not belonging to Atlanta.”
What the f***, SI?!?
Let me help you out, SI. The Braves are resurgent, yes. Yes, it is due to Prado/Heyward at the top of the lineup. Good job on calling the obvious. But Bobby Cox elsewhere in 2011?!?!?! You should go into the business of smelling what you’re smoking, because other teams would LOVE to buy some.
Bobby will have none of it. He will retire from coaching in 2011. Bobby already set expectations with the wife and he’s smart enough not to break that promise. What I CAN see him doing is farm system development, scouting, or some sort of back office work. Bobby is not only not new to this, he’s damn good at it. You have to remember: he was GM of the Braves before he was manager, putting together the farm system that has been absolutely clutch throughout the years and has produced Chipper, Andruw, Furcal, Giles, McCann, LaRoche, Marquis, Javy Lopez, and some dude by the name of Smoltz, if you’re familiar with him. Bobby will undoubtedly have a role in player development or some gig where he gets to go do whatever he wants. Player development is what Bobby’s really good at.
The ONLY coaching position I could possibly see him taking in 2011 (and yes, I do see him fulfilling his commitment to his wife and retiring) is coaching a Braves farm club. For Bobby it’s not about the money, it’s about doing what he loves in with people he loves. Bobby isn’t Tom Glavine – another team can’t steal his loyalty with a few $$$ thrown around. The Braves are Bobby’s organization from the ground up. Always have been.
And damnit, despite some of the strategic moves he makes being completely different than what I’d do, I’m going to miss the hell out of him.
Tags: Bobby Cox, Braves Resurgence, Sports Illustrated, Tom Verducci
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