A number of reports surfaced Tuesday evening with the scary news that former Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox has been hospitalized. Initial reports did not provide a lot of details. However, Zach Klein with WSB in Atlanta reported the hospitalization is due to a possible stroke. There is no official update at this time.
Breaking: Hall of Fame Braves manager Bobby Cox was taken to a hospital after suffering a possible stroke. Please keep Bobby in your thoughts and prayers ?? pic.twitter.com/1MaXqtlkFJ
— Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) April 3, 2019
Bobby Cox Hospitalized
The news about Cox’s health scare is worrisome and surprising. He was most recently seen at Atlanta’s home opener Monday and took part in the pre-game festivities. Cox retired following the 2010 season, but he has been a staple around Turner Field and SunTrust Park since that time.
"Let's get ready to play some Braves baseball."
— FOX Sports: Braves (@FOXSportsBraves) April 1, 2019
— Andruw Jones (@andruwjones25) April 3, 2019
Thoughts and prayers out to skipper ?? https://t.co/A9Ja8Z5QdN
— Ender Inciarte (@enderinciartem) April 3, 2019
Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery for Bobby Cox. https://t.co/TMIfyNPpuj
— Lenny Dykstra (@LennyDykstra) April 3, 2019
Cox’s Hall of Fame Career
After a mediocre showing as a player, Cox earned his first MLB managerial position with the Braves in 1978. Atlanta would lose at least 90 games his first two seasons before securing a winning record of 81-80 in 1980. Unfortunately, he was fired after another losing record in ’81.
Cox was hired soon after by the Toronto Blue Jays where he quickly experienced success. He finished his time in Toronto with a record of 355-292 while winning at least 89 games each year from 1983-85. The Blue Jays advanced to the 1985 ALCS under Cox where Toronto was eliminated in seven games by the Kansas City Royals.
After the ’85 season, Cox returned to Atlanta, but this time as a General Manager. He served in that role until the middle of the 1990 season when he appointed himself as the on-field manager of the Braves.
Success in Atlanta
After orchestrating an organizational rebuild, Cox assumed the on-field duties and quickly found success with the Braves. The team would advance to the 1991World Series, falling just short in a legendary series to the Minnesota Twins. Atlanta would capture 14 division titles, five NL pennants, and the 1995 World Series under Cox’s guidance. Cox still holds the record for all-time managerial ejections (161) and is fourth on the all-time wins list with 2,504.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Cox family throughout this ordeal. Here’s wishing the best and a speedy recovery for the Hall of Fame manager.
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