4.23.2009

Bobby Cox: Overrated?



Few coaches have had the regular season success of late as Bobby Cox. 15 division titles, 1979 wins, a winning percentage of .556, and yet one World Series titles.What's the deal?

The Braves of the 90's were notorious for their pitching depth, Cy Young awards, division titles and October collapses. Cox always had the right arms, and veterans to succeed, so how much of it is his managing? October baseball is less about the stars, but strategy and execution, the tasks that would fall upon Cox's shoulders.

Although the Braves have won the pennant five times under Bobby's control, one would think that he would win more than just a lone ring. But during October, and of late, the Braves struggles could be put right on Cox.

Gone are the days of Leo Mazzone, and division titles, so who else is to blame? Great coaches make teams better, and with a team that has lost its past stars like Javy Lopez, Rafael Furcal and Andruw Jones, Cox should make the Matt Diaz's and Kelly Johnson's of the world better. He's not.

Time's ticking for Bobby.


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