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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




Pinch-run delay bothers Marlins

Having a pitcher wait around on the mound for a replacement once is rare. For a delay to occur twice within a week, has some Marlins a little bothered.

The awkward delay in the fifth inning on Sunday at Wrigley Field was the latest incident involving the Marlins. 

Cubs pitcher Carlos Zambrano reached on a bunt single off Ricky Nolasco. But when sprinting to first, Zambrano strained his left hamstring. Zambrano was examined by the trainer, causing a brief delay. Then manager Lou Piniella heads over, causing more time to pass as Nolasco is standing around.

Zambrano stays in game, and Alfonso Soriano steps in to hit. Then the Cubs dugout calls time, and Zambrano is replaced by a pinch runner. However, the runner is Rich Harden, who doesn’t have the proper shoes on. So Harden takes a few minutes to get ready.

Again a delay. Nolasco is given the option to throw pitches as he waits.

Four batters later, Derrek Lee hits the grand slam.

“I don’t understand what’s going on there,” Nolasco said of the delay. “I don’t know how that’s acceptable. It doesn’t affect me, but it’s just odd. I don’t know how it’s allowed to happen.”

The irony is Sunday marked the second time during the road trip that a Marlins pitcher was standing around for a delay caused during a substitution by the opposing team.

In the ninth inning of last Wednesday’s 4-3 win over the Mets at Citi Field, New York manager Jerry Manuel called for Omir Santos to pitch hit with the bases loaded and two outs. Santos, a catcher, was in the bullpen, and it took him several minutes to reach the mound. Matt Lindstrom awaited his arrival, and he was given permission to throw warmup pitches. Even though the Marlins won that day, the were upset by the stoppage.

A few days ago, the Marlins sent a letter to MLB regarding the incident, and the league on Saturday levied an undisclosed fine on Manuel for violating the league’s “pace of game” stipulations.

“That’s the second time that happened to us this year,” catcher John Baker said. “The first time it worked out OK, but it’s frustrating. You’ve got a guy in a big situation standing on the mound. He wasn’t quite the same. It’s not necessarily an excuse for him, but it kind of is, in a sense. As a catcher, you see something is different.

“He has to wait, and throw a couple of warmup pitches. Even Soriano was a little bit frustrated as a hitter. He kept kind of looking in the dugout, throwing his hands up, like saying ‘Let’s go.’ “

— Joe Frisaro