Jeff Cox

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Jeffrey Lindon Cox

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Biographical Information[edit]

Second baseman Jeff Cox signed his first pro contract with the Kansas City Royals in August 1973 but was released by the team in early 1974 after the attending the Royals Baseball Academy but before playing in a game. He was signed by the New Westminster Frasers in June of 1974 and sold to the Portland Mavericks two weeks later. Portland released him in June of 1975 and he signed with the Oakland Athletics three days later. In 1977, he was a Southern League All-Star with the Chattanooga Lookouts and led the circuit with 68 stolen bases.

Cox reached the majors with the A's on July 1, 1980 and got his first big league hit off Lary Sorensen of the Milwaukee Brewers the next day. He went 9-for-18 in his first 5 major league games, but he hit under .200 from there onward, ending the season with a .213 mark. He earned a second cup of coffee in the bigs with Oakland in 1981, appearing in one game at second base and another as a pinch runner, but did not make a plate appearance that season.

Cox later played in the Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals systems and spent time as a player/coach in the Cincinnati Reds organization with the Vermont Reds in 1984. After spending the next season on the Vermont coaching staff, he began his managerial career in 1986 with the Billings Mustangs. Overall, in 13 seasons as a minor league manager, he posted a 736-863 mark.

In 1995, Cox was the Royals third base coach, and he was a member of the Montreal Expos coaching staff in 2000 and 2001. From 2002 to 2005, he was a Florida Marlins coach. In 2006 and 2007, he was the Pittsburgh Pirates' third base coach, then joined the Chicago White Sox in the same capacity from 2008 to 2011.

Year-by-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs notes
1986 Billings Mustangs Pioneer League 31-39 5th Cincinnati Reds
1987 Watertown Pirates New York-Penn League 44-32 2nd Pittsburgh Pirates Lost League Finals
1988 Augusta Pirates South Atlantic League 44-26 -- Pittsburgh Pirates replaced by Woody Huyke on June 16
1989 Memphis Chicks Southern League 59-84 10th Kansas City Royals
1990 Memphis Chicks Southern League 73-71 5th Kansas City Royals League Champs
1991 Memphis Chicks Southern League 61-83 9th (t) Kansas City Royals
1992 Omaha Royals American Association 67-77 6th (t) Kansas City Royals
1993 Omaha Royals American Association 70-74 5th Kansas City Royals
1994 Omaha Royals American Association 68-76 6th Kansas City Royals
1996 Greenville Braves Southern League 58-82 9th Atlanta Braves
1998 Richmond Braves International League 64-80 13th Atlanta Braves
1999 Ottawa Lynx International League 59-85 13th Montreal Expos
2000 Ottawa Lynx International League 38-54 -- Montreal Expos replaced by Rick Sweet on July 21

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