ATLANTA -- Bobby Cox signed on for another season in
The longtime Braves manager agreed to a one-year contract
extension that runs through 2008, a deal the team announced on
It could be Cox's final contract. He said before the season he
plans to manage only two more years, but on Wednesday he indicated
that plan could change.
"As long as the players can put up with me, and the
organization wants me, fine," Cox said. "I don't know. We'll see.
When I was asked that question in spring training, I was good for
'07, '08. We'll see."
Cox, who turns 66 in May, has managed the Braves since midway
through the 1990 season. The following year, he guided Atlanta from
worst to first to launch an unprecedented streak of 14 straight
Including an earlier four-year stint with the Braves and four
seasons as Toronto's manager, Cox has a career record of
2,180-1,690 going into Wednesday night's game against the Chicago
Cubs. He is the fifth-winningest manager in baseball history,
trailing only Connie Mack, John McGraw, Tony La Russa and Sparky
Anderson. Among active managers, Cox trails only La Russa.
"No one is more deserving of this than Bobby Cox, and we are
very pleased to extend his contract through 2008," Braves general
manager John Schuerholz said. "We feel that Bobby is the best
manager in the game and his place in baseball history is
well-secured. His leadership has helped the Braves to set a very
high standard of excellence."
Cox has joked that he and Schuerholz keep asking each other
about possible retirement plans, with a presumed but unspoken plan
to retire together.
"I feel great. I still love it," Cox said this spring. "But
there comes a time when you have to think about doing something