July 24, 2014

Cox, La Russa and Torre join baseball’s HOF

Longtime baseball managerial greats Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre were unanimously selected for election to the baseball Hall of Fame by the Expansion Era Committee.

Former Brewers catcher Ted Simmons was on the ballot, but didn’t come close to the 12 votes needed for election.

Cox ranks fourth all-time in wins among managers, compiling a 2,504-2,001 (.556) record in 29 seasons as a Major-League manager.

LaRussa ranks third all-time in wins among managers, compiling a 2,728-2,365 (.536) record in 33 seasons, winning the World Series with the A’s in 1989 and the Cardinals in 2006 and 2011.

Torre won four World Series titles and six pennants in 29 seasons as manager, following 18-years as a player.  As a manager, he went 2,326-1,997 (.538).

Baseball’s winter meetings are underway in Lake Buena Vista, Florida today.  The Brewers are looking for a first baseman and would prefer to resign Corey Hart.