Best Baseball Managers Ever

On Monday, three of the most winningest managers in the history of Major League Baseball were voted to be inducted into the Hall of Fame -- Tony La Russa, Bobby Cox, and the man who brought four championships to the New York Yankees, Joe Torre. Fans of the National Pastime should consider themselves lucky to have seen these guys lead their teams to greatness in our lifetime. The only other two managers with more wins were Connie Mack and John McGraw.

There have been other great managers -- Sparky Anderson, Joe McCarthy, Casey Stengel, and my personal favorites Lou Piniella and Billy Martin (McCarthy and Stengel won an amazing seven World Series championships each!) -- but La Russa, Cox, and Mr. Torre were something special.

Many terrific managers have come and gone, from Tommy Lasorda to Jim Leyland.  Some will be remembered for leading their teams to the ultimate victory, as Terry Francona did with the Boston Red Sox, others will be remember for winning but never winning the ultimate prize such as Art Howe or Dusty Baker.

On a personal note, Joe Torre brought more than just wins to the Yankees, he brought class. I applaud his selection to the Hall of Fame and hope he is named the next Commissioner of Baseball.