Former Braves manager and Hall of Famer Bobby Cox has been hospitalized with a possible stroke, according to a report from Channel 2 Action News’ Zach Klein.
Braves manager Brian Snitker told The Associated Press on Wednesday morning that he had reached out to Cox’s family and was “very concerned.”
He said he couldn’t share details of his condition. The team has not revealed Cox’s medical status.
Cox, 77, was home alone when he started feeling ill, according to Klein’s report.
Cox was kept overnight at an Atlanta-area hospital.
The Braves released two statements Wednesday afternoon, one from the Cox family and one from the team.
Statement from the family:
“We want to thank all of you who have sent their well wishes or said a prayer. We know the power of Braves Country and we hope those prayers and positive thoughts continue as Bobby heals. You don’t know how much your support means to Bobby and to our family.”
Statement from the Braves:
“We know no one stronger or more determined than Bobby Cox. Our thoughts and prayers are with him as he recovers. We look forward to seeing him soon and would like to thank the baseball community for joining together to support our dear friend.”
Cox participated in the pregame ceremonies before the Braves’ home opener Monday night.
Cox served as a general manager and longtime manager for the Braves. He managed the team from 1978-81 and again from 1990 until he retired in 2010. He also managed the Blue Jays for several years and was the Braves’ GM from 1986-89.
Cox led the Braves to 14 consecutive division titles from 1991-2005, including the World Series championship in 1995. Over his career, he managed 4,505 games and compiled a 2,504-2,001 record (.556).
Cox was a four-time manager of the year, winning in both the National and American Leagues.
Upon his retirement, the Braves retired his No. 6. In 2014 he was enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame, along with former Braves pitchers Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine.
Cox has served in a front office position with the Braves following his retirement.
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