ATLANTA -- Bobby Cox managed in 29 World Series games and compiled the fourth-most wins among managers in Major League history. He played with Mickey Mantle and worked for both Ted Turner and George M. Steinbrenner.
There aren't many things he has not experienced in the baseball world. Still, there was a genuine sense of excitement in his voice when he was asked about the opportunity to manage against the Braves.
Cox will manage the Braves' Future Stars team that will compete against the big league Braves in an exhibition game on April 3 at Coolray Field in Lawrenceville, Ga. His club will likely consist of Andrelton Simmons, Christian Bethancourt, Joe Terdoslavich and the organization's other top prospects who will not begin the year in the Majors.
The event is officially titled "Braves All-Stars vs. Future Stars Game" and first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET.
"I'm going to love it," Cox said. "It's going to be great. I've already got chill bumps on my arm."
Retirement has certainly not reduced the passion Cox has for being around the game. When he called it quits at the end of the 2010 season, he had managed 4,508 games -- fourth most all time -- at the Major League level. But this will be the first game he has managed against the Braves.
"I'm looking forward to filling out that lineup card," Cox said. "I don't know how my roster is going to look. It depends what kind of pitching [Braves pitching coach] Roger [McDowell] gives me."
This is the first time the Braves have scheduled a game against a group of top prospects just before the start of the regular season. The club has previously concluded its exhibition season with games against another Major League club at Turner Field.
The Braves will open the regular season against the Mets at Citi Field on April 5. They will return to Atlanta for their home opener against the Brewers on April 13.
Full season-ticket holders for the Atlanta Braves and Gwinett Braves can purchase tickets for the exhibition game with a $5 discount. Fans with partial season-ticket packages can purchase tickets with this same discount beginning Monday.
Non season-ticket holders will be given a chance to buy ticket-pairing packages beginning on Feb. 18. The packages will include a ticket for the "Braves All-Stars vs. Future Stars" game and a ticket for either Triple-A Gwinnett's home opener or an Atlanta Braves home game to be determined. These can only be purchased by phone, fax or in person at the Coolray Field Box Office.
Those looking for more information should contact the Gwinnett Braves at 678-277-0300 or visit www.gwinnettbraves.com.
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.