Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Appreciation: Bobby Cox's irascability

I'm not a big fan of cumulative records, because basically it just rewards you for not having died. I much prefer a lifetime record that includes a denominator, rewarding Ty Cobb's .366 lifetime average over Pete "I only bet on them to win" Rose's 4,256 hits.

But there's was a milestone passed last night that deserves some recognition. Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox (.562 lifetime winning percentage) was thrown out of a game for the 132d time in his career, a major league record.

He's an old pro who doesn't need any help on the finer points of getting tossed. But if he did want some help, he'd have to look no further than the Braves farm team, where manager Phillip Wellman knows a thing or two about flipping out.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to say I'm proud of Bobby. On one hand the total throw outs are embarrassing... on the other hand, the man stands up for his team (publicly 132 times).

I'd like to think that is one of the leading reasons players *want* to come to Atlanta to play. Why they renegotiate their contracts lower in order to stay in Atlanta. Why we continue to win and accumulate talent even though our budget has been cut for 6 consecutive years....

I'm choosing to be a fan of Bobby Cox. The man has made a difference in Atlanta Baseball....

...and it's kinda fun to watch his veins bulge when he screams at an ump. :)

August 15, 2007  
Blogger Erik Malinowski said...

He's been thrown out once every 31 games during his managerial career. At least the man is consistent: once a month, you can bank on some quality on-field hysterics.

August 15, 2007  

Post a Comment

<< Home