Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Cox Wins Manager of the Year Award

There was once a sentiment that Bobby Cox's influence in relation to the Braves' annual success was overlooked by the national media. That no longer seems to be the case.

Cox now obviously has everybody's attention. For the second consecutive year, the Baseball Writers Association of America has elected the veteran Atlanta skipper as the National League Manager of the Year on Wednesday. He becomes the first manager to win the award in consecutive seasons.

Ozzie Guillen was selected AL Manager of the Year on Wednesday, rewarded for guiding the Chicago White Sox to a stellar season that culminated with a World Series championship.

``It's not easy to manage right now because there are a lot of players making big money, a lot of players with attitudes,'' Guillen said. ``The type of players I have in my clubhouse, those are the type of players that anyone can win with.''

Guillen played shortstop for Cox late in his career and said he learned a lot during those days in Atlanta. Yet on the surface, the two appear to have little in common other than these awards.