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McGwire’s Rebirth, Cox’s Farewell – SportsUntapped.com
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Added February 17th, 2010 by Sooze

McGwire’s Rebirth, Cox’s Farewell
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After what I sincerely hope is Mark McGwire’s last formal apology for using performance enhancing drugs during his playing career, the new St. Louis Cardinals hitting coach was ready to get down to business in Jupiter, Florida.

McGwire spent some time in the batting cage with hitters this afternoon before answering reporters’ tired questions regarding his past.  Though he knows his mistakes may never be forgotten, he made a point to say that he hopes the issues subside soon.

Speaking of old folks and Spring Training, Bobby Cox is staring down the beginning of the end.

The long-time Atlanta Braves manager, who is embarking on his 21st straight season with the club, has won 15 division titles (including 14 straight) five pennants, and one World Series in his tenure.  He ranks fourth all-time with 2,413 wins, trailing only Connie Mack, John McGraw, and Tony La Russa. Good company.

Impressively, Cox also holds the big league record for most ejections by a skipper with 151.

Many players doubt the 68-year-old, cigar-smoking coach will actually call it quits once the doors have closed on the 2010 season. Chipper Jones, who has put up with Cox longer than any other current player says he’ll believe it when he sees it.  Two-time Cy Young winner-turned-executive Tom Glavine reiterated,

“I’ll believe it when I see him turn his spikes in.”

Of course, it’s not like he’s just able to walk away from the game completely. Cox has agreed to serve as a consultant for the team after his retirement. Braves pitchers and catchers report this Friday to their Spring camp in Florida.

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