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
Passing on knowledge to a younger generation of ballplayers is
something that Cox believes to be necessary.
"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
"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
David Singh is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.