PEARL, MS (WLBT) - Mississippi Braves manager Chris Maloney has been awarded the Bobby Cox Manager of the Year by the Atlanta Braves.
The award is presented to the individual that best represents the top managerial performance through Atlanta’s minor league system.
Previous Braves managers to earn the honor were Aaron Holbert in 2013, Phillip Wellman in 2008 and current Atlanta Braves manager Brian Snitker in 2005.
“I want to thank the Braves and the Atlanta 400 Club for presenting me with this award,” said Maloney. “You never win an award like this unless you have a great team behind you. I’d like to thank my family, my wife, my coaches who did a tremendous job, Dennis Lewallyn, Carlos Mendez, and Paul Howey. I’d also like to thank the ball club we had last year for playing as hard as they did. To win an award named after Bobby Cox is a super honor because there was none better than Bobby Cox.”
Maloney’s debut with the Atlanta Braves organization was in 2018. The 57-year-old Jackson native guided the Mississippi Braves to a 67-71 record, boasting a 38-30 mark in the second half of the season, missing out on the playoffs by just one game.
At the end of 2018, Maloney ranked ninth among active minor league managers, with 1,417 wins.
The Mississippi Braves will open the 2019 season on the road against the Tennessee Smokies, April 4-8, before beginning the 15th season at Trustmark Park against the Mobile BayBears, April 10-14.