Things worth having never come easy, and each member of the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame has earned their place in baseball history. Cooperstown remained empty last year when no one was selected in the balloting, but will be rejuvenated after this year’s voting saw three ballplayers Greg Maddux, rotation-mate Tom Glavine, and Frank Thomas become enshrined in their first year on the ballot. This marks only the 2nd time in history 3 players were inducted in their first year of eligibility and the first time 3 players have been inducted in the same year since 1999. In December the Expansion Era Committee also inducted 3 legendary managers who had no problem earning 75% of the vote Atlanta’s Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa, and famous Yankee skipper Joe Torre. All of these men made a lasting impact on America’s favorite pastime and continue to impact others as motivational sports speakers at corporate and fundraising events.
This era in baseball has been clouded with controversy in what is now known as the steroid era, and we’ve seen the likes of Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds get the snub from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America after their illustrious careers were tainted by the use of performance-enhancing drugs. This cloud didn’t stop the “Big Hurt” Frank Thomas from receiving his ticket to the Hall of Fame. There’s something to be said for a big guy like Thomas who is going to go down as one of the top 5 most ferocious hitters and first basemen of all-time with no question as to whether his performance was the work of his natural body alone.
Equally exciting is the induction of beloved manager Bobby Cox along with his 2 ace starters that helped the Braves win a record 14 consecutive division titles in a row. Both Maddux and Glavine are 300 game winners and their friendship and camaraderie on and off the mound elevated each other’s game to unhittable levels in the 1990’s. The Braves lights-out closer John Smoltz will also surely join the trio when he is up for his first year of eligibility next year.
Tony LaRussa can easily be classified as one of the most successful skippers ever in baseball. He sits 3rd on the all-time wins list by a manager in baseball history, and is a 3-time World Series winner. Now where would the Yankees organization be without the help of Joe Torre? His 11-year stint as the Yankee manager produced 10 division titles in what is considered the toughest division in baseball, 6 pennants, and 4 World Series titles. He can be credited with leading the Bronx Bombers on one of the most successful stretches in Yankee history. July 27th will be a great day of celebration for all of these men as they are recognized for their grand achievements and forever etched in Major League Baseball history.
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