Before we kick off the National Pasttime this spring, I just wanted to post a farewell to the enigmatic ambassador Bobby Cox. We all know and respect this man (even Mets and Phillies fans) and I for one hope his last season goes well for him. The man is the model of grace, consistency, and reserve. We all know about the 14 consecutive division titles between 1991 and 2005, puncutated by the one World Series win in 1995 over the Indians. We all know the names associated with these teams; Maddux, Chipper, Smoltz, Glavine, Andruw Jones, etc. If the Braves had won more than just one title in the 14 straight playoff seasons, we would be talking about this team as one of baseball history's great dynasties. They went to the Series five times in the 1990's, a remarkable run. They ran into very good Twins and Blue Jays teams early in the decade, and then ran into the Yankees
dynasty in the later 1990's.
But to truly appreciate Bobby Cox, you need to look not at the final numbers (although the team never won fewer than 88 games between 1991-2005) but rather at all the players that Bobby made better. An incredible 26 players made NL All-Star teams for the Bravos during this run, combining for 56 midsummer classics. That's an amazing statistic. I am not even a Braves fan, but I have a lot of respect for men like Bobby Cox and will be sad to see him go. Good luck Mr. Cox.