Three of the greatest managers of the past generation headline the Hall of Fame’s Expansion Era Ballot. Long-time Atlanta Braves skipper Bobby Cox, New York Yankees manager Joe Torre and Oakland Athletics manager Tony LaRussa appear on the ballot for the first time.
Tony began his managerial tenure with the Chicago White Sox, who he led from 1979 until halfway through 1986. His record with the White Sox was 522-510 (.506). He led the them to a first place finish in 1983. After leaving the White Sox LaRussa took the job with the Oakland Athletics. This was the team where his career would blossom. He would be with the Athletics from 1986 until 1995. Tony’s record during his tenure was 798-673 (.542). He led the Athletics to 4 1st place finishes (1988-90, 92), 3 American League Pennant (1988-90) and 1 World Series victory in 1989.
After leaving Oakland, Tony took the helm of the St. Louis Cardinals where Tony would finish out his managerial career. Tony was with the Cardinals from 1996 until 2011. His record was 1408-1182 (.544). He would lead the Cardinals to 7 first place finishes (1996, 2000, 02, 04-06 & 09), 3 National League Pennants (2004, 06, 11) and 2 World Series victories (2006 & 11).
Tony was nothing, if not consistent in his managerial record. He was a plus .500 manager with all 3 clubs he has led. His career record is 2728-2365 (.536) in 33 years. He led his teams to 12 1st place finished, won 6 League pennants and 3 World Series titles. Tony is third on the all-time list for victories and is the best manager of his generation.