Bobby Cox has spent 24 seasons as manager of the Atlanta Braves. But when asked if he's coming back for season No. 25, he would not commit one way or the other, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
"I just don't know right now," he said, according to the report. "I'm not thinking about it. I'm still trying to get us in the playoffs somehow."
Cox, 68, has faced more criticism this season than in years past in Atlanta, as the Braves appear headed for a fourth straight season out of the playoffs -- a departure from the team's glory days of 14 straight National League East titles, five pennants and a World Series title. But Cox says he still enjoys the competition, ignores the criticism and does not view his age as an issue, according to the report.
Cox did say that he goes through the same process in deciding whether to return each year, according to the report.
"It starts in spring training almost. But you always feel good then," he said, according to the report. "I guess I'll be sitting down with [management] after the season."
In 2007, Cox said at spring training that he would probably retire after the 2008 season. That didn't happen, and on Tuesday he acknowledged that his love of the game has not made it easy to walk away, according to the report.
"The game is still amazingly fun," he said. "To be able to participate in a game every day is every kid's dream. That's never changed. I still love it. It's the competition. Whether it's a so-so team or a great team, it's still competition. It's what you thrive on."
Entering Wednesday's games, Cox held a 2,403-1,922 record in 28 seasons, including four years with the Toronto Blue Jays (1982-85). A four-time manager of the year, he is fourth all-time in wins, trailing Connie Mack, John McGraw and Tony La Russa.
Cox also is one of only five managers to spend 20 consecutive seasons with one team. Mack spent 50 seasons with the Philadelphia Athletics, McGraw spent 31 seasons with the New York Giants, Walter Alston spent 23 seasons with the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers, and Tommy Lasorda managed the Dodgers for 21 seasons.