Bobby Cox announces season-long farewell tour for 2010

Get those personalized rocking chairs, cigar of the month subscriptions and golden iPhone cases ready because the Bobby Cox retirement and farewell tour is rolling into your town next season.

The 68-year-old manager and the Braves just announced that they have agreed to a one-year contract extension for 2010. Cox will then retire and begin the wait until his inevitable induction into the Hall of Fame (while also cashing in on a nice five-year consulting contract with the team.)

Wait, a world championship coach knowingly entering a lame duck season? Who retired and named him Mike Holmgren?

Said Cox in a statement:

"I'm very excited and honored to be making plans for next year. While I've decided 2010 will be my last season in the dugout, I want to make it clear that we will all be working hard as hard as ever to win another world championship for the city of Atlanta and our great fans."

During 2010, Cox will have the opportunity to build on his 14 postseason appearances with the Braves, one World Series title and his MLB-record 149 ejections. He currently ranks fourth on the all-time wins list for managers with 2,408, but will have to settle for keeping his spot behind Connie Mack (3,731), John McGraw (2,763) and Tony La Russa (2,550).

In addition to eating up a lot of column inches any time he visits a new town, Cox's impending retirement is sure to spark a round of speculation or two.

Here's two topics to kick off the festivities:

First, who's going to be the first Braves manager in over 20 years once Cox is gone? (Terry Pendleton is your early inhouse leader.)

Second, is there any chance that both Cox and Chipper Jones(notes), the player he drafted first overall in 1990, will split party expenses and leave Atlanta together? (You bet.)

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