Joe Torre is a Hall of Famer.
The Baseball Hall of Fame just announced that Torre was a unanimous selection of the Expansion Era committee, which has also unanimously elected former Braves manager Bobby Cox and former A’s and Cardinals manager Tony La Russa.
“It hits you like a sledgehammer,” Torre said. “I can’t tell you how excited I am, and then what makes it even better is to go in with these two guys.”
The Expansion Era ballot featured candidates whose greatest contributions came from 1973 through the present. A 16-person panel of former players, executives, historians and writers voted on the ballot, with 75 percent approval (12 votes) needed for election.
George Steinbrenner was on the ballot but not elected. Marvin Miller and Billy Martin were also not elected. Those three received no more than six votes.
Torre won four World Series titles and six pennants in 29 seasons as a major league manager, and the vast majority of his managerial success came with the Yankees in the late ’90s and 2000s. He had a career 2,326-1,997 record (a .538 winning percentage) as a manager, guiding the Yankees to titles in 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2000. He had 100-win seasons in 1998, 2002, 2003 and 2004).
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