On Tuesday the expansion era committee chose Joe Torre to enter the illustrious Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Torre managed the New York Yankees from 1996 to 2007, where he reached the postseason every year and won 10 AL East titles. He also won six American League pennants and four World Series titles.
With over 2,000 wins, he was unanimously chosen to join the Hall of Fame. Alongside him, two other managers, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox, were also chosen to join the Hall. These three managers are considered the greatest managers in the past four decades, and helped their teams succeed. What an honor it is for them to be included with many other great managers and players.
Joe Torre was also a baseball player back in his day. He followed in his brother’s footsteps of being a baseball player and signed with the Milwaukee Braves as a free agent back in 1960. He made his major league debut on September 25, 1960. In 1966, the Braves relocated to become the Atlanta Braves and three years later, Torre was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals.
He played there until 1974 when he was traded to the New York Mets, close by where he grew up (Brooklyn). He finished up his career in 1977 when the Mets asked him to be their “player-manager” after firing manager Joe Frazier. He both managed and played in this position, but only batting twice and being one of only three players to have that title.
Torre became a full-time manager, going to various clubs before being hired by the infamous George Steinbrenner of the Yankees. Steinbrenner was known for firing his managers, but luckily for him, he didn’t have to with Torre. In the 12 years he managed the Yankees, Torre became the leader of the organization and was known around the country for his managerial skills.
The expansion era committee did the right thing in electing Torre into the Hall of Fame. There is no other person more deserving of being placed into Cooperstown more than him in this current moment. Especially with MLB having to deal with lots of issues with steroids, Torre was the consistency that was found in baseball — a legendary coach who deserves a legendary honor.