It was announced Monday by the Veterans Committee of the Baseball Hall of Fame that there will be three new members inducted to the hallowed grounds in 2014. This coming after last year's vote didn't let any players in for the first time since 1996. Legendary managers Tony La Russa, Bobby Cox and Joe Torre will get the nod for the 2014 induction.
Some Cleveland Indians fans may remember the year Bobby Cox won his only World Series ring, when the Atlanta Braves beat the Indians in six games to win the title, back in 1995. Cox also led the Braves to a record 14 straight division championships from 1991 to 2004. He retired in 2010 with a .554 career winning percentage.
Joe Torre may go down as one of the best managers of all-time, leading the New York Yankees to four World Series Championships in five seasons. Forgotten is how valuable Torre was as a player during his 17 year career. Torre has a career batting average of .297, was a nine time all-star, won the batting title in 1971 -- the same year he was named the National League MVP. Torre was also voted AL manager of the year in 1996 and 1998. His final year in New York came in 2007, he then managed the Los Angeles Dodgers, retiring in 2010 with a .538 winning percentage.
Tony La Russa, who retired in 2011, owns a total of three World Series Titles, one with the Oakland Athletics and two with the St. Louis Cardinals. La Russa was named Manager of the Year four times throughout his career, three in the American League (1983, 88, 92), once in the National League (2002). The jersey number 10, which he wore with the St. Louis Cardinals, was retired by the team in 2012. He led three different teams to a division title throughout his 32 year career as a manager.
The three legendary managers will be inducted into the Pro Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY in July of 2014.