It’s going to be odd when spring training rolls around next year and not see No. 6 patrolling the field.

When the Braves were eliminated from the National League Divisional Series, an emotional Bobby Cox met reporters afterward.

As a young player, Cox was acquired by the Braves, but never appeared in a game. Who would have guessed then the skipper would go on to win 2,504 games, 14-consecutive division titles (not counting the strike-shortened 1994 season) and have 16 90-plus win seasons to go with a record of more than 500 games over .500.

The Braves won five NL pennants and one World Series during that span since 1991, and the Braves found a way to let Cox experience one more postseason.

But what fans may miss most from the three-time NL Manager of the Year and a five-time NL All-Star coach will be his rants and his record 161 ejections, including his last in Game 2 on Oct. 8, a 5-4 win by the Braves in 11 innings.

The Braves introduced former Florida Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez as the new skipper on Thursday.

But it will never be the same.

— The Times Recorder, Americus, Ga.

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