ATLANTA (CBS46) – Hall of Fame manager Bobby Cox remains hospitalized Wednesday morning after seeking medical care for a possible stroke, according to multiple reports.
Cox was with the team Monday when he took part in the team's on-field pregame activities before the 2019 home opener against the Chicago Cubs.
The family issued the following statement, "We want to thank all of you who have sent their well wished or said a prayer. We know the power of Braves Country and we hope those prayers and positive thought continue as Bobby heals. You don't know how much your support means to Bobby and to our family."
Cox, 77, managed the Atlanta Braves twice (1978-81, 1990-2010) and from 1991-2005 his teams put together a run of 14 consecutive division titles. Cox, who at one time also served as the Braves’ general manager, only had a losing record three times from 1990-2010.
All total, Cox put together a career record as a manager of the Braves of 2,149 wins against 1,709 losses, a .557 winning percentage. He also led his team to five national league pennants and one World Series champions. In the postseason, Cox had a 64-65 record with the Braves.
Cox also had a brief, two-year career as a major league player from 1968-1969. He hit .225 with nine home runs and 58 RBIs during his two year career with the New York Yankees.
The former Braves manager also holds a unique record in baseball history, most ejections from a game. Cox, who was not a short-tempered manager, was always willing to defend his players and that often put him on the wrong side of many umpires. In his 27-year career, Cox was ejected from 161 games.
The Atlanta Braves issued the following statement:
"We know no one stronger or more determined than Bobby Cox. Our thoughts and prayers are with him as he recovers. We look forward to seeing him soon and would like to thank the baseball community for joining together to support our dear friend."
Starting Thursday night through Sunday, fans can sign 4'x3' Get Well Soon cards for Cox at SunTrust Park. The cards will be located at:
- The Bobby Cox Statue located on Battery Avenue by the First Base Gate. After the game begins, the card will be relocated inside the ballpark across from the Left Field Gate near Section 143.
- The Plaza/The Battery Atlanta at the base of the Spanish Steps. After the game begins, the card will be relocated inside the INFINITI Club.
- Monument Garden next to the 755 display.