|Introducing the HOF Inductees in 2014. More will be coming...right???|
I guess the first order of business at the Winter Meetings being held this week was to announce who the 16-panel Veteran's Committee inducted into Baseball's Hall of Fame in the Expansion Era ballot (1961-Present). Nominees included 6 players, some of whom were on the HOF ballot for 15 years without induction (Tommy John, Dave Parker, Ted Simmons, Dan Quisenberry, Dave Concepcion, and Steve Garvey), two executives (Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, and MLBPA Union Chief Marvin Miller), and 4 managers (Bobby Cox, Tony LaRussa, Billy Martin, and Joe Torre).
Of the 12 individuals on the ballot, the 16-man panel unanimously voted to induct managers Bobby Cox, Tony LaRussa, and Joe Torre into Baseball's Hall of Fame.
These three legendary skippers bring a combined 91 years of managerial experience to the HOF ranks. Between them, they have won eight World Series titles, seventeen League pennants, ten Manager of the Year Awards, and have a combined record of 7558-6363.
Bobby Cox managed the Atlanta Braves (1978-1981, 1990-2010; 2149-1709) and Toronto Blue Jays (1982-1985; 355-292) .
Tony LaRussa managed the Chicago White Sox (1979-1986; 522-510) Oakland Athletics (1986-1995; 798-673) and St. Louis Cardinals (1996-2011; 1408-1182).
Joe Torre managed the New York Mets (1977-1981; 286-420), Atlanta Braves (1982-1984; 257-229), St. Louis Cardinals (1990-1995; 352-354), New York Yankees (1996-2007; 1173-767). and Los Angeles Dodgers (2008-2010; 259-227).
All three men will be formally inducted into Cooperstown in July. Hopefully, some of the players who played for and/or against them, will join in the festivities as well.
Congratulations to all three skippers on their being voted into Baseball's Hall of Fame.