Throw Cubs manager Mike Quade in that group as well.
"There's all sorts of reasons you respect the guy," Quade said. "He's old school. ... He's done just about everything you can do in this game, from this side of the fence, anyway. He has such an incredible respect for the game."
Quade spent five seasons in the Montreal Expos organization in the late 1980s and early 1990s. During that time the Expos shared a Spring Training complex in West Palm Beach, Fla., with the Braves. Naturally, Quade received quite a few chances to learn from Cox.
"It was a great environment," Quade said. "If you were willing to listen, and I was ... [you would] learn a lot about development, the big leagues and about everything else."
Quade recalled a billboard at Wrigley Field last season that honored Cox when he and former Cubs manager Lou Piniella were facing each other for the final time.
The sign read, "Bravo Bobby! Cheers to 29 Years!"
"I thought [that was] as good a tribute as you'll ever see in Chicago to a visiting player or manager," Quade said. "That spoke volumes about what people think of him."