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Cox to Step Down After 2010 Season

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Bobby Cox will retire as manager of the Braves after the 2010 season, ending a career in which he guided the team to 14 consecutive postseason appearances and the 1995 World Series title.

Cox, 68, agreed to a one-year contract extension for 2010 and will start a five-year consulting agreement to advise the team in baseball operations after he steps down as manager.

Cox managed the Braves from 1978 to '81, the Blue Jays from 1982 to '85, then returned to manage Atlanta in 1990. His 2,409 regular season wins trail only Connie Mack, John McGraw and Tony La Russa. Cox and Joe McCarthy are the only managers with six 100-win regular seasons.

"There is a little bit of relief once you come to grips with announcing it," Cox said. "I've never lost the love to manage. But at my age, you have to make a decision. Somebody a little younger can start up."

-- RICHMOND GETS TEAM: The Connecticut Defenders, the Class AA Eastern League affiliate of the Giants, will move from Norwich, Conn., to Richmond for the 2010 season. The team will play at The Diamond, the former home of the Braves' Class AAA franchise that relocated to Gwinnett County, Ga., after the 2008 season.

-- From News Services

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