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June 13, 2007



Braves' manager Cox is far out in front of baseball rivals

It appears that Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox soon will break one of the more unusual records in Major League Baseball: being tossed out of the most games. He's been ejected by umpires 130 times, just two shy of the record held by John McGraw, who managed the New York Giants from 1902 to 1932. Cox has been managing almost as long – 26 years, including the last 22 with the Braves. Under Cox, the Braves have enjoyed consistent success, turning in 15 consecutive winning seasons before seeing the streak snapped last year. They've also won five pennants and one World Series. The longest-tenured managers with the same team among 30 current managers, more than half of whom have been on the job two years or less:

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Bobby Cox, Atlanta Braves 22
Tony La Russa, St. Louis Cardinals; Joe Torre, N.Y. Yankees 12
Clint Hurdle, Colorado Rockies; Ron Gardenhire, Minnesota Twins; Mike Scioscia, L.A. Angels 6
Ned Yost, Milwaukee Brewers 5
Ozzie Guillen, Chicago White Sox; Phil Garner, Houston Astros; Willie Randolph, N.Y. Mets; Terry Francona, Boston Red Sox 4
Jerry Narron, Cincinnati Reds 3

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