Bobby Cox's influence on Fredi

News broke the other day that Bobby Cox would be back to manage the Braves in 2010, and then retire after next season.

Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez is hopeful that his former boss sticks around for years to come.

Gonzalez was the Braves third base coach for four years before joining the Marlins in 2006. Gonzalez refers to Cox as a mentor, and the two talk regularly.

“I’m glad that he’s got one more year,” Gonzalez said before the Marlins faced the Mets on Friday. “There was a lot of speculation that this was going to be his last year. I’m glad that they signed him for one more year, and I hope at the end of next year, he says he wants to go one more. It’s good for baseball to have guys like Bobby Cox, [Tony] La Russa, [Lou] Piniella, managers like that around.

“I know he will be through 2010, and we’ll see after that. I’m glad that he’s still going to be around.”

A part of Gonzalez isn’t convinced Cox will retire after 2010.

“I’ll believe it when I see it, because he loves managing the game, and he’s good at what he does,” the Marlins manager said.

Cox has been influential in Gonzalez’s managing style.

From Cox, Gonzalez learned more about the intensity of the game, patience of players, and showing confidence in players.

“The consitency,” Gonzalez said. “The day in, day out relationship you have to give to these guys.”

Gonzalez prides himself on being level, regardless of how his team is doing. He learned that from Cox.

“If you were on the other side of the world, and you didn’t know if the Braves won 10 in a row or lost 10 in a row, and you walked into his office, you wouldn’t know,” Gonzalez said. “He isn’t one of those guys who is up-and-down, one of those rollercoaster ride guys.”

— Joe Frisaro




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