With series win, Braves head home to honor Hank

As Bobby Cox likes to say, it’s the series wins that matter. That was the case over the weekend in the nation’s capital when the Braves took 2 of 3 against the rival Nationals. Wood was dominant in his 2nd start, dropping the game despite 7 innings of 2-run ball. Lead by dominant pitching, the Braves once again proved that injuries to Brandon Beachy, Kris Medlen, Mike Minor and...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

If Leo Mazzone wants to coach, why not let him?

Leo Mazzone is letting the Phillies know he would like to coach in Philadelphia. The longtime pitching coach of the Atlanta Braves during the Bobby Cox era took to Twitter Monday morning to say as much. @Phillies I would be very interested in being your pitching coach. #championshipball — Leo Mazzone (@LeoMazzone54) November 4, 2013 With the Phillies possibly missing out...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Bobby Cox and Greg Maddux, together again

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) Greg Maddux and Bobby Cox sat down together in the plaque gallery at the Baseball Hall of Fame, a sense of awe etched on their faces. Both had been here before, but this visit was entirely different.
27 days ago  |  Discuss

The Atlanta Braves and the Big Fly in 2014

Source: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images North America After recently profiling Andrelton Simmons for fantasy relevance in 2014, I noted that he had a 12% increase in his fly ball rate from 27% to 39% as well as an outlandish 17.8% popup rate, the latter of which led the majors last year. It seemed extraordinary that a guy with a career fly ball rate of 25% and a career popup rate of 8...
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February 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Jose Iglesias: Defense in Detroit

Early last summer, I wrote an article for Baseball Digest magazine that began with a quote from Bobby Cox. The Hall of Fame manager said, “They’ve got their RBIs in their gloves.” He was referring to weak-hitting shortstops with elite defensive ability. A few paragraphs later, I brought up Jose Iglesias. Whether Iglesias fits that […]
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January 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Tony La Russa won't have any team's logo on Hall of Fame plaque

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – Greg Maddux and Tony La Russa will not have logos on their Hall of Fame plaques. The decision was announced Thursday by the Hall, which said Joe Torre’s plaque will have the logo of the New York Yankees. Plaques for Tom Glavine and Bobby Cox will have Atlanta Braves logos, and Frank Thomas‘ will have the logo of the Chicago White Sox. The six will be inducted...
January 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Did baseball just kill the rhubarb?

Nothing could beat a Lou Piniella, out-of-body, fall-to-the-knees, primal scream session, over a close call. Yes, Billy Martin could kick field goals, Bobby Cox could yell, and God knows what Earl Weaver said, but when Lou threw a base into the dugout, you were seeing pure, uncut, felony-grade American rage. You were seeing baseball. Yesterday, Major League Baseball approved the...
January 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Tony LaRussa emerges as leading candidate for Mariners front office job

Three-time World Series Champion manager Tony LaRussa may be in line for a front office position for one of the two teams to never win their League pennant and make the World Series.  According to Bob Nightengale from USA Today, a Seattle Mariners source has indicated that Tony LaRussa has the inside track to be President of the franchise.  Nightengale reported: La Russa is on...
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January 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Cooperstown 2014 – 75th Anniversary

Afternoon Kids Hope everyone had a great holiday season. I have been waiting for some positive news to open the new year on and it came this morning in the form of the announcement of the Class of 2014 to the Baseball Hall of Fame. This is the first year that all of the class are still living and that has not happened since 1971. The Expansion Era committee elected Mangers Bobby...
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January 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Maddux, Glavine join Cox in Baseball Hall of Fame

There will be an Atlanta Braves reunion this summer. It will be held in Cooperstown on July 27. Longtime Braves stalwarts Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine were elected to baseball's Hall of Fame on Wednesday, joining their manager for all those years, Bobby Cox, who was selected last month by the expansion-era committee. Slugger Frank Thomas, a Georgia native, also was chosen for...
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January 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Baseball Hall of Fame: Class of 2014

Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux and Frank Thomas join managers Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Toe Torre in the Baseball Hall of Fame class of 2014.
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January 08, 2014  |  Discuss

This year's Hall of Fame ceremony belongs to the Braves

Former Braves manager Bobby Cox will have some familiar company on the Cooperstown stage this summer. Two superstar pitchers of Cox's famed "Team of the '90s" Atlanta Braves squads, Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, were voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers' Association of America as part of a three-man class on Wednesday afternoon. Former...
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January 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Who Will Make the HOF?

On Wednesday, the Hall of Fame voting results will be announced. Here is my prediction on who will be joining Joe Torre, Tony LaRussa and Bobby Cox in Cooperstown this July. I see Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Craig Biggio and Frank Thomas all surpassing the 75% required vote to be elected into the Hall. Now, I could try and explain why I believe these three will make it...
Via Fenway Refugees
January 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Maddux, Glavine likely to join Cox in HOF class

Neither of the two were physically imposing off the mound or overpowering on it. And so, the mild-mannered Braves pitching duo of unassuming Greg Maddux and eloquent Tom Glavine didn’t project nastiness that made first-ballot Hall of Famers like Nolan Ryan or Bob Gibson so revered. But those who played alongside Maddux and Glavine in Atlanta saw sides of their personalities not...
Via Pro Sports Daily
January 07, 2014  |  Discuss

On PEDs, the Hall of Fame, and Murray Chass

Murray Chass may have retired from the New York Times in 2008, but that hasn’t stopped him from sharing his baseball opinions with people through his blog. In a post on Thursday, he implored Baseball Hall of Fame voters to not reward managers of players who used performance enhancing drugs like Joe Torre and Tony LaRussa, while he seems to give Bobby Cox a free pass for whatever...
December 30, 2013  |  Discuss

"I'll Bake Your Glove" - A Bobby Cox Winter Singing Adventure

The story behind this winter singing event. This all happened, one day, on an outing to the crummy place known as Sports Authority which might not be crummy, but this one looked kind of crummy. A friend and I were going in on a purchase for a 6 t-ball set. Because it was for practicing the knuckleball (not for any goal of being in an organized baseball situation, like a team...
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December 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Taking Rick Reilly's point to the max

Rick Reilly, the writer for, recently caused a lot of conversation with his piece, "Guilt by Association." And the conversation is understandable because the piece was all about newly elected managers, Bobby Cox, Joe Torre and Tony LaRussa getting a pass into the Hall of Fame because "the three managers being inducted oversaw at least 34 players who'...
Via The Flagrant Fan
December 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Joe Torre Amateur Scouting Report From 1959: ‘Ordinary Until He Turned Catcher’

Former managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox were unanimously elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame earlier this week by…
Via Busted Coverage
December 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - Winter Meetings

The MLB Winter Meetings are underway down in Orlando, and our Amanda Rykoff is on the scene providing coverage. Here's what's gone on during a busy week so far. -The Hall of Fame announced part of the Class of 2014 - Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa, and Joe Torre. -Roy Halladay retired, and Amanda grabbed some quotes from his former manager in Toronto, John Gibbons. -Randy...
Via The Outside Corner
December 11, 2013  |  Discuss

First Hall of Famer from the steroids era elected

Tony LaRussa was elected to the Hall of Fame yesterday, along with Joe Torre and Bobby Cox. LaRussa is the first manager or player from the much-maligned steroids era baseball to be elected to the Hall. This election was not performed by the Baseball Writers of America, as the most popular results are. Instead it was done by a Hall of Fame Baseball committee charged with electing...
Via Red Hot Mama
December 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Column: Miller will make Hall and have last laugh

Somehow, some way, Marvin Miller is going to have the last laugh. One tribute to the pioneering labor leader at the time of his death little more than a year ago noted that Miller was still listed in the phone book at the time. What should have been included, as someone who called the number more than once could attest, is that you were bound to end up chuckling at something or...
Via AP on Fox
December 10, 2013  |  Discuss

This Is Why Everyone Hates The Yankees

The one good thing about Carlos Beltran joining the Yankees instead of the Kansas City Royals is that there is now little chance that Beltran would wear a Royals cap instead of a Mets cap on his Hall of Fame plaque if he were to make it. Although if you heard the Yankees propaganda machine tell it, they would tell a story of how Carlos Beltran's Yankee years changed the face...
Via Metstradamus
December 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Tony La Russa, Bobby Cox And Joe Torre Elected Into Baseball Hall Of Fame

  Three managers for the ages. Tony La Russa, Bobby Cox and Joe Torre were voted into Cooperstown unanimously Monday morning by the Expansion Era committee. The official induction will happen on July 27, in Cooperstown, NY, along with who the Baseball Writers Association of America inducts next month. A quick rundown of these three extraordinary skipper’s resumes, is nothing short...
Via BlackSportsOnline
December 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Former Braves manager Bobby Cox elected to Hall of Fame

It has been three years since Bobby Cox called it a career following the Atlanta Braves’ loss to the San Francisco Giants in the 2010 NLDS, and while Cox has still made several appearances at Turner Field since his retirement, fans of the team and its winningest manager knew it would only be a matter of time before the former Yankees farmhand found his way to Cooperstown. The time...
December 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Hall-bound Bobby Cox: The ideal player's manager

Bobby Cox had only a few rules. Play hard. Be on time. No loud music or (in later years) yapping on cells phones in the clubhouse. That formula carried the longtime Atlanta Braves manager to one of the most successful managing careers in major league history. The 72-year-old Cox, who was unanimously elected to the Hall of Fame on Monday along with fellow retired managers Tony...
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December 09, 2013  |  Discuss

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