Where are they now? Danny Cox

Where are they now? Danny Cox

TORONTO -- Winning the World Series ranks as the ultimate career accomplishment for many Major League players. But though Danny Cox was able to achieve that feat as a reliever for the 1993 Blue Jays, he was also lucky enough to find something that was just as gratifying.

Following his retirement, Cox eventually became manager of the Gateway Grizzles, an Illinois-based team in the independent Frontier League. In 2003, Cox led the club to its first championship.

"I got a championship ring from that, and to me that is very rewarding," Cox said. "I told the guys that it was just as important for me winning it as a manager as it was for me when I won it as a player."

Cox, a veteran of 11 big league seasons with the Cardinals, Phillies, Pirates and Jays, has always held the teaching element of baseball close to his heart. Before he was the manager of the Grizzlies, he spent two years as the team's pitching coach.

Though he is no longer with Gateway, Cox still makes time to work with young players of all ages, ranging from the elementary school level right through to high school. He is also involved in baseball clinics and summer camps run by Cardinals and Grizzlies alumni.

Passing on knowledge to a younger generation of ballplayers is something that Cox believes to be necessary.

ARI: Travis Lee | ATL: Mark Lemke
BAL: Chris Hoiles | BOS: Bill Lee
CHC: Randy Hundley | CIN: Eric Davis
CWS: Dan Pasqua | CLE: Dave Burba
COL: Curtis Leskanic | DET: Steve Sparks
FLA: Charlie Hough | HOU: Doug Drabek
KC: Mike Macfarlane | LAA: Rick Reichardt
LAD: Jim Gott | MIL: Don Sutton
MIN: Kevin Tapani | NYM: Ed Kranepool
NYY: Jim Abbott | OAK: Ben Grieve
PHI: Tommy Greene | PIT: Barry Jones
STL: B. Tewksbury | SD: C. Hernandez
SF: Brian Johnson | SEA: Henry Cotto
TB: Doug Creek | TEX: Dave Hostetler
TOR: Alex Gonzalez | WAS: W. Fryman

"You can see a kid doing something wrong on the field, and you teach him the right way," he said. "Then, over time, he's doing it the right way, and all of a sudden, he's on the right path. Now you teach him something else and something else. It's important, because I guarantee you, every big league ballplayer playing right now had somebody teach him something.

"They just didn't wake up one day and were that good. They may have had the ability, but they also had to be taught somewhere along the line to use what they have."

In addition to working with young players and spending time with his wife and three children in their Illinois home, Cox spends much of his time organizing fund-raisers for the Armed Forces and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

David Singh is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.