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Bobby Cox makes announcement to retire next season

Braves manager Bobby Cox made the announcement to retire following the 2010 season, has learned. Cox, who has been with the Braves since 1986, started his managerial career in 1971. Cox told reporters that the decision was tough, in large part because of his unconditional love for managing.

"There is a little bit of relief once you come to grips with announcing it," Cox said. "I've never lost the love to manage, period. But you have to make a decision. At my age, you have to make a decision. Somebody a little younger can start up."

Cox first started as the general manager of the Braves, landing stars like Ron Gant, Tom Glavine, Steve Avery, and even drafting Chipper Jones. After five years of unsuccessful manager, Cox took over the helm and led the team to 14 straight playoff appearances, including a World Series title in 1995.

Chipper Jones' only major league manager, has developed a very close relationship with his manager over his career.

"I'll believe it when I see it," Braves slugger Chipper Jones said.

Cox is one of the most respected managers around the league, and he will be sure to get a very nice send off next season by the Braves. It will be interesting to see who his replacement will be, or if they will bring someone in from the outside.