AJC’s Jeff Schultz gets a remarkably candid interview from Braves manager Bobby Cox, who says he’s about ready to call it a career.
After a 47-year career that has taken him from player to the front office and eventually back to his true home, the dugout, Bobby Cox can finally see something coming: the end.
When asked jokingly Saturday if he would manage for 10 more seasons, Cox laughed and told the Journal-Constitution, â€œNot many more. This year and next year, and thatâ€™s it.â€
It was as emphatic a statement as Cox has ever made about his future. Retirement is a topic he generally keeps blurry, by design.
Cox maintained he could change his mind, but it almost came off as an obligatory qualifier â€” and ran counter to comments in an otherwise remarkably candid interview.
â€œIâ€™d like to start doing the things I need to do instead of the things I want to do â€” like manage,â€ Cox said. â€œI donâ€™t need to manage â€” I want to manage.
â€œI still love it. I feel great. I want to do this year and next year, and then probably hang it up.
â€œI havenâ€™t really told anybody this. But itâ€™s what Iâ€™m thinking. We might win the World Series this year and next year. But Iâ€™m pretty much convinced, thatâ€™s it.â€
As a Braves fan, I hope he feels too energized to quit when the time to make that decision rolls around. He’s certainly earned that ride off into the sunset, though.
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