Some folks believe Major League Baseball should just name the Manager of the Year Award after Braves' skipper Bobby Cox. He's won the award four times, and he probably could have won it a few more times over the Braves' fourteen year division title run.
Cox was awarded the honor again Wednesday for his fantastic work in the 2005 season, perhaps his most unlikely division title. He was named on every ballot, and got 28 of 32 first place votes.
The Braves won 90 games this season with a constant influx of new players. The roster included eighteen rookies at some point this season, and twelve players made their big league debuts.
But no matter how many new players came into the clubhouse, they fit right in under Cox's leadership. He embraced the new young players, and guys like Jeff Francoeur, Brian McCann, and Blaine Boyer seemed to even rejuvenate the 64-year old Cox.
The BBWAA has now honored Cox three times as the Braves' skipper (1991, 2004, and this season) and one time with the Blue Jays (1985). He joins Tony LaRussa as the only manager to win the award four times.
Cox now has 2092 wins as a major league manager, which places him seventh on the All-Time Managerial Wins List. He should pass Joe McCarthy (2125) and Bucky Harris (2157) next season.
Bill Shanks is the author of Scout's Honor: The Bravest Way To Build A Winning Team, which includes a chapter on how Cox turned the Braves' around as General Manager back in the mid-1980s. Bill can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cox wins NL Manager of Year award
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