Ex-manager trio elected into Hall
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.—The winter meetings began with a look back today when retired managers Joe Torre, Tony La Russa, and Bobby Cox unanimously were elected to the baseball Hall of Fame by the expansion era committee.
Torre and Cox retired as managers after the 2010 season and La Russa after leading St. Louis to the 2011 championship.
“They say when you’re voted to the Hall of Fame, your life changes,” Cox noted.
“And it has. I’ve got goose bumps, and it’s the greatest honour that we could ever have.”
Among the nine managers with three or more World Series titles, Torre and La Russa were the only ones not in Cooperstown.
“It’s a stunner,” said La Russa, who revealed he’d like to join a club front office.
“I miss the winning and losing,” he admitted. “Some day I’ll be with a team, I think.
“I’d like to be part of the competition again.”
La Russa is third among managers with 2,728 wins; Cox had 2,504 and Torre 2,326.
The trio of retired managers was joined on the 12-man ballot by a pair of much-debated figures who died in recent years: New York Yankees’ owner George Steinbrenner and pioneering players’ union head Marvin Miller.
Clark said no other candidates received more than six votes.
Miller was on a Hall ballot for the sixth time and Steinbrenner for the second.