Retiring Braves manager Bobby Cox has received tributes and well-wishes in every major league city during what has been a summer-long farewell tour for the curmudgeonly skipper. The Astros gave him a cowboy hat and boots. The Rockies gave him three nights at a dude ranch and a high-end fishing rod and reel. The White Sox gave him a humidor. The Cubs gave him an original seat from Wrigley Field and his number "6" from their hand-operated scoreboard.
The Marlins have nothing planned to honor Cox -- not even a simple scoreboard goodbye and good luck -- even though he has managed the Braves longer than the Marlins, their division rivals, have been in existence. Cox will manage his final game in South Florida on Sunday.
The Marlins aren't saying why they're giving Cox the cold shoulder, but there's a chance it has something to do with his comments critical of Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria when Fredi Gonzalez -- a Cox friend and managing protege -- was fired in June. Cox was not happy with the axing.
"I know that guy (Loria) is unpredictable, but....after everything (Gonzalez) has done for that guy, are you (expletive) me? They have gone down to the end (of the playoff race) every year, playing their asses off. That guy doesn't appreciate anything. He's one of the guys that thinks you change (for the sake of change). He's always waiting to fire the coaches, always. That's his history."