Cox has new hat and boots thanks to Astros

Cox has new hat and boots thanks to Astros

HOUSTON -- Astros manager Brad Mills and hitting coach Jeff Bagwell presented long-time Braves manager Bobby Cox with a pair of boots and a Stetson hat in an on-field ceremony prior to Tuesday's game at Minute Maid Park.

Cox, who's managed the Braves for 25 years, is planning to retire at the end of the season. He's fourth on the all-time managerial wins list and led the Braves to the 1995 World Series title. The Braves and Astros met five times in the playoffs between 1997 and 2005.

While Bagwell was busy paying tribute to Cox, the manager took some time to tip his hat to Bagwell, too. Cox said Bagwell should be a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame. He's eligible for the first time next year.

"I think he's got a great chance at it," Cox said. "I certainly would vote for him. He not only was a good slugger and a good hitter, he was a great defensive first baseman who knew how to run the bases.

"Jeff Bagwell was here for so long and starred every year. For me, a guy that dominated like that for one team, even in the league with stats through the years, his are up there with anybody's. I would put him in right away. So he would get my vote on the first ballot."