The Baseball Hall of Fame has three new members
On the list will be many players of many different types. Some will be confirmed steroid users, others will be perceived to be clean as a whistle. Some will be mortal locks to make the HOF on the first ballot, while others will be stuck in limbo for a while, wondering which ballot will finally send them to Cooperstown, if ever.
There are a few former managers who no longer have to wait for their phone call.
Joe Torre, Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa have officially been unanimously elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the expansion era committee. They received all 16 votes from the committee, plenty more than the 12 that were needed for induction.
Torre is best known for his time with the Yankees, when he won four World Series championships, but he also managed the Mets, Braves, Cardinals and Dodgers. In 29 seasons total, he finished with the combined record of 2326-1997 as a manager.
La Russa managed for 33 years between the White Sox, Athletics and Cardinals. He won a World Series with the Athletics and two more with the Cardinals, and finished with a career record of 2728-2365.
Cox managed for 29 seasons, 25 of which were spent with the Atlanta Braves. He also managed 4 seasons for the Blue Jays. Although his Braves won 13 straight division championships (interrupted by the strike in 1994), they only managed to win one World Series. They won 5 National League pennants. His career record was 2504-2001.
These are definitely three legends of the game, and well deserving of their HOF inductions.