Winter meetings start with Hall of Fame vote |


Winter meetings start with Hall of Fame vote |

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Before any trades and signings, the focus of the winter meetings will be on fame.

Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox were among the candidates considered by the Hall of Fame’s expansion era committee in voting scheduled to be announced Monday. The trio of retired managers was joined on the 12-man ballot by a pair of much-debated figures who died in recent years: New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner and pioneering players’ union head Marvin Miller.

Among the nine managers with three or more World Series titles, Torre and La Russa are the only ones not in Cooperstown.

“He’s going to go to the Hall of Fame,” La Russa’s former closer in Oakland, Dennis Eckersley, predicted last year.

Torre and Cox retired as managers after the 2010 season and La Russa after leading St. Louis to the 2011 championship. Torre won four World Series titles with the Yankees, La Russa three with Oakland and the Cardinals, and Cox one with Atlanta. La Russa is third among managers with 2,728 wins; Cox had 2,504 and Torre 2,326.

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