Braves manager Bobby Cox, 66, has been tossed 128 times
in his 26 years as a major league manager. He needs just four more ejections to
break the record set by Hall of Famer John McGraw. How close is the volcanic
veteran to his next eruption? SI's Coxometer tells all.
SINCE GETTING thumb number 128 on May 6, Cox has seemed
happy—and for good reason. At 24--13 the Braves are atop the NL East. With a
9--2 win over the Pirates last Saturday, Cox moved past Sparky Anderson into
fourth place on the career wins list. The closest thing to an argument he could
muster last week was a brief, not altogether unpleasant discussion with home
plate umpire Kerwin Danley on Friday when Atlanta's Craig Wilson thought a
pitch hit him but Danley ruled he had swung. The record of McGraw—who once
split an ump's lip with a punch—looks safe for now.