Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa, Joe Torre elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
Former managers Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre were all unanimously named to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Monday by a 16-member Expansion Era committee.
La Russa (2,728), Cox (2,504) and Torre (2,326) are ranked Nos. 3-5, respectively, in career wins as a manager.
In 33 years managing the White Sox, A’s and Cardinals, La Russa won three World Series titles (1989, 2006, 2011) and was a four time Manager of the Year.
Cox went to the World Series five times with the Braves, winning in 1995. He managed Atlanta for 25 years (1978-81, 1990-2010) with a four-year stint as manager of the Toronto Blue Jays in between. Cox could be be inducted next summer with former players Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux, who are both on the ballot for the first time this year.
Torre won four World Series titles in five years with the Yankees from 1996-2000, and he also managed the Mets (1977-81), Braves (1982-84), Cardinals (1990-95) and Dodgers (2008-10). Torre was a nine-time All Star as a player and won the 1971 NL MVP Award.
Cox: “Hopefully, the two guys who helped get me to the HOF — Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine — will be elected as well.”
— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) December 9, 2013
Torre on Hall election: “It hits you like a sledgehammer.”
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) December 9, 2013