ATLANTA --- Bobby Cox is finding it difficult to shake old baseball habits.
Cox, who retired last year after 29 years as a manager, including 25 with Atlanta, said Wednesday he still watches every Braves game. And the man who was tossed from more games than any manager in baseball history said he still finds himself in an argumentative mood when the calls go against the Braves.
Now there are no umpires around to hear his protests. "Just the wife," Cox said with a laugh.
The Braves will retire his No. 6 before tonight's game against the Cubs.
Cox, 70, also will be inducted into the team's Hall of Fame. He said he is humbled as he prepares for his big day.
"It's as great an honor as a manager or player could ever have, being inducted into the Hall of Fame and having your number retired," Cox said.
"It's hit home with me. I'm very humbled and excited about it. It's everything you could ask for."
Cox has appeared relaxed and tanned when he has visited his former coach, Fredi Gonzalez, who in his first year as manager. Gonzalez has the Braves leading the NL wild-card race while chasing Philadelphia in the NL East. The Phillies are 81/2 games ahead of Atlanta.
"Philly, they're an unbelievable team right now," Cox said. "They're just almost unstoppable at this point. I think the (Atlanta) team is in great position for the wild card, and that'll come down to the wire, too, probably.
"I couldn't be more proud of Fredi, his coaching staff and the team. They play the game the way it's supposed to be played and they give everything they can and really that's all you can ask. We'd still like to see some guys get hot with the lumber a little bit."
In his role as consultant, Cox has remained close to the team. Gonzalez said he hears from Cox at least every three or four days.
Cox said he's adjusted well to retirement.
"The good thing is I've been keeping real busy," he said. "Going here, going there for different charities, speaking here and there. I'm staying busy that way and I do get to the ballpark and I get my baseball fix."
The Braves have scheduled an old-timer's softball game on Saturday. More than 50 former players, including Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux and John Smoltz, are expected to attend. Cox will manage players from the 1991 team against other former Braves players.
The turnout of former players is also expected to include Dale Murphy and Phil Niekro and some of the most familiar names from Cox's teams, including Steve Avery, Sid Bream, David Justice and Fred McGriff.