KISSIMMEE, FL — Rosters have turned over completely, expansion teams have joined MLB, John Smoltz became a starter, a closer, then a starter again, but one thing has been a constant since 1990: Bobby Cox has managed the Braves. He will likely do so at least through 2007, after signing a one-year extension on Sunday.
15 of his 16 consecutive seasons with Atlanta have resulted in division championships, with the team winning five NL pennants and one World Championship. “I’ve still got the passion for it [baseball],” Cox told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “When I don’t, I’ll probably just walk away.” Las Vegas oddsmakers are currently laying 5-to-1 on walking away, and even odds on requiring an assisted-mobility device.