La Russa, Torre and Simmons on ballot for baseball hall of fame
ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Cardinal nation does have something to cheer about today. Three former cardinals will be on the baseball Hall of Fame ballot. Former Cardinals managers Tony La Russa and Joe Torre and former all-star catcher Ted Simmons are among twelve nominees on the expansion era ballot.
La Russa ranks third all-time in wins among managers. He won three World Series, 2006 and 2011 with the Cardinals and with Oakland in 1989.
Joe Torre managed the New York Yankees to four World Series victories. He managed the Cardinals from 1990 to 1995. Before that he had an 18-year playing career in which he compiled a career batting average of 297. In 1971 he won the national league batting title and the most valuable player award while playing for the Cardinals.
Catcher Ted Simmons played for the Cardinals, Brewers and Braves, most of the time with the redbirds. He was an eight time all-star and ended his career with a 285 batting average.
The expansion era ballot was designed to honor long-retired players, managers, umpires and executives whose most significant career impact was realized from 1973 through the present.
The 16 member expansion era committee will vote on the candidates next month.
Any candidate who receives 75 percent of the vote will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame next July.
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