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Happy Birthday Joe Torre!!!

Happy Birthday Joe Torre!!!

Joe Torre turns 74 years old today.

More known by today’s baseball fan as the manager that led the New York Yankees to multiple World Series wins over the last 15 years, Joe Torre was also a fantastic baseball player.

A guy that was able to play numerous infield positions, Torre was valuable to the rosters he was a part of during his 18 seasons as a player in the big leagues.

A 9-time All-Star, Torre was a steady contact hitter that collected 2,342 career hits alongside his lifetime batting average of .297 displays his amazing consistency at the plate.

Torre’s best season in the majors came in 1971 when he won the league’s MVP award. With his 230 hits, 34 doubles, 22 home runs, 137 RBI and .363 batting average, Torre was one of the league’s best. And the hardware proved it – a batting title and MVP trophy!

Torre never made the postseason as a player, but he made up for that during his coaching career. After unsuccessful stints in New York (Mets), Atlanta, and St. Louis, Torre took over as the Yankees skipper in 1996. He promptly won 4 World Series titles over the next five seasons.

Happy Birthday Mr. Torre!!!

1975 Topps Set Card 46/660 – #565 – Joe Torre, Mets

1975 Topps Set Card 46/660 – #565 – Joe Torre, Mets

Progress: 46/660

Player Name:  Joe Torre

Card Number:  565

Team:  New York Mets

Position:  3rd Base

Image Style: Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  18 years, 1960-77

Notes From His 1975 Season:   1075 was Torre’s first season with the Mets.  In 114 games, he hit .247 with 89 hits.  Of his hits, 16 were doubles, 3 were triples, and 6 were home runs.  Torre drove in 35 runs for the Mets while scoring 33 times.

Notes From Career:  A 9-time All-Star, batting champion, and League MVP, Joe Torre has a solid 18-season career.  He 2,342 hits in 2,209 career games.  He connected for 344 doubles and 252 home runs en route to 996 runs scored and 1,185 RBI.

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1975 Topps Set Card 45/660 – #209 – 1971 Most Valuable Players

1975 Topps Set Card 45/660 – #209 – 1971 Most Valuable Players

Progress: 45/660

Player Name:  Vida Blue, Joe Torre

Card Number:  209

Team:  Oakland A’s, St. Louis Cardinals

Image Style: reprint baseball cards

How they got there:

Vida Blue and Joe Torre were the MVP’s of their respective leagues at the conclusion of the 1971 baseball season.  Blue led the A’s with his 24-8 record that included 24 complete games and 8 shutouts.  He had a league-low ERA of 1.82 and struck out 8.7 batters per 9 innings.  Torre led the NL with 230 hits in 161 games during the 1971 season.  He also led the league in RBI, batting average, and total bases with 137, .363, and 352 respectively.

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Happy Birthday Joe Torre!!!

Happy Birthday Joe Torre!!!

Joe Torre turns 73 years old today.

More known by today’s baseball fan as the manager that led the New York Yankees to multiple World Series wins over the last 15 years, Joe Torre was also a fantastic baseball player.

A guy that was able to play numerous infield positions, Torre was valuable to the rosters he was a part of during his 18 seasons as a player in the big leagues.

A 9-time All-Star, Torre was a steady contact hitter that collected 2,342 career hits alongside his lifetime batting average of .297 displays his amazing consistency at the plate.

Torre’s best season in the majors came in 1971 when he won the league’s MVP award. With his 230 hits, 34 doubles, 22 home runs, 137 RBI and .363 batting average, Torre was one of the league’s best. And the hardware proved it – a batting title and MVP trophy!

Torre never made the postseason as a player, but he made up for that during his coaching career. After unsuccessful stints in New York (Mets), Atlanta, and St. Louis, Torre took over as the Yankees skipper in 1996. He promptly won 4 World Series titles over the next five seasons.

Happy Birthday Mr. Torre!!!

Hall Of Fame Debate: Rank ‘Em – Joe Torre VS Bobby Cox VS Tony LaRussa

Hall Of Fame Debate: Rank ‘Em – Joe Torre VS Bobby Cox VS Tony LaRussa

I think that it is safe to say that in time the trio of Joe Torre, Bobby Cox, and Tony LaRussa will all be enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

If I was a betting man, and this was a bet with any kind of odds, I would bet the house on this one.  Each of these managers left an impression on the sport, on the fans of the teams that they coached, and maybe most important – they left impressions on the teams and fans that were battling against them.

I could comfortably state that Torre, Cox, and LaRussa are the cream of the crop as it relates to successful major league managers from their eras.

With that all being said – how easy is it to say which one is better?

It’s not.

Because what the manager does is not measured in numbers.  At least not in any numbers in which they are awarded for good decisions and penalized for bad ones.

But the good ones, the really good ones, seem to get the best out of their best players and the best out of the ones that are lower on the totem pole as well.

Bobby Cox, Joe Torre, and Tony LaRussa can all take great pride in the team and individual successes of the players that the managed as they certainly had a hand in that success.

For tonight’s ‘Hall of Fame Debate’ I am asking for you to give me the order in which these three great coaches should be inducted into the Hall of Fame.  They’re all going to get in – it’s just a matter of time before that happens.

But, who deserves to get in first, second, and third??

While you cannot judge all that a manager does by the numbers his teams put up, it is nice to compare both players and managers in similar categories.

So, here is a side-by-side-by-side comparison of the trio:

  Cox Torre LaRussa
Years 30 30 35
Wins 2504 2326 2728
Losses 2001 1997 2365
Win % 0.556 0.538 0.536
100-win seasons 6 4 4
1st place finishes 15 13 11
Last place finishes 4 4 2
Division Championships 15 13 11
League Championships 4 6 6
World Series Titles 1 4 3
Manager Of The Year 4 2 4

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The numbers stack up pretty well for these three guys, huh?  For me, the only thing that really stands out is how close to a .500 winning percentage each manager is over the course of their careers.  Deemed as uber-successful, they are all very close to 50%.

And now, time for me to divulge my rankings.

First, a little chatter about each guy:

  • Cox – you cannot ignore the consecutive seasons in which his Braves teams won their division.  I find it to be one of the most impressive feats in baseball history.
  • Torre – he had to manage a ton of egos during his run as the manager of the Yankees. He did it with grace, and it looked like all of his players valued his style.
  • LaRussa – he did it twice, with two clubs.  And he did it with the game’s greatest players on his roster both times (Canseco & Pujols).  His bullpen use is highly criticized, but it resulted in a lot of wins.

But who ranks the highest? 

If you had to select the order in three consecutive induction years in which these three former managers would be inducted, what order would you place them in??

Cox.Torre.LaRussa

Here is my ranking:

  1. Tony LaRussa
  2. Bobby Cox
  3. Joe Torre

When I think back to LaRussa, I never saw him as a ‘losing’ manager.  He took hold of the A’s and Cardinals franchises and took them both to the pinnacle.  I witnessed both Cox and Torre manage losing clubs before they got their ‘breaks’ with the Braves and Yankees.  And while they both had a ton of success, they also had ridiculous lineups – Cox with his Hall of Fame pitching rotation and Torre with his All-World offenses.

For me, LaRussa did the most with the least.  He gets top-billing in my book!!!

LaRussa

How about you?  How would you rank these managers if you had to pick the order in which they entered the Hall of Fame?

Yes, it is splitting hairs as all are deserving – but it is fun nonetheless!!!

Thanks for reading.

Happy Birthday Joe Torre!!!

Happy Birthday Joe Torre!!!

Joe Torre turns 72 years old today.

More known by today’s baseball fan as the manager that led the New York Yankees to multiple World Series wins over the last 15 years, Joe Torre was also a fantastic baseball player.

A guy that was able to play numerous infield positions, Torre was valuable to the rosters he was a part of during his 18 seasons as a player in the big leagues.

A 9-time All-Star, Torre was a steady contact hitter that collected 2,342 career hits alongside his lifetime batting average of .297 displays his amazing consistency at the plate.

Torre’s best season in the majors came in 1971 when he won the league’s MVP award.  With his 230 hits, 34 doubles, 22 home runs, 137 RBI and .363 batting average, Torre was one of the league’s best.  And the hardware proved it – a batting title and MVP trophy!

Torre never made the postseason as a player, but he made up for that during his coaching career.  After unsuccessful stints in New York (Mets),  Atlanta, and St. Louis, Torre took over as the Yankees skipper in 1996.  He promptly won 4 World Series titles over the next five seasons.

Happy Birthday Mr. Torre!!!

1968 Topps Game – Joe Torre

1968 Topps Game – Joe Torre

Most baseball fans know Joe Torre as the former World Series winning New York Yankees manager.

Many know him for his tenure as skipper of the Dodgers, Mets, and Cardinals.

I was first introduced to Joe Torre as the leader of the Atlanta Braves.

Very few of us recognize just how solid of a major league player that Joe Torre was…

Joe Torre was a big-leaguer for 18 seasons.  He amassed 2,300+ hits, 250+ home runs, drove in 1,100+ runs, and almost scored 1,000 runs.

Torre was the runner-up for the Rookie Of The Year award in 1961.  He won the MVP Award in 1971.  He was a 9-time All-Star and also won a Gold Glove Award in 1965.  Torre won a batting title in 1971 with his .363 average.

Most importantly, Joe Torre was a solid teammate.  Players that suited up alongside Torre thought the world of him and his attitude towards the game.  Torre played hard each and every day, and he was a great role model for the younger players.

Progess – 25/33

My First Time – Joe Torre – September 25, 1960

My First Time – Joe Torre – September 25, 1960

The Setting – County Stadium.  Pittsburgh, PA.

From Torre – ‘I was done with minor league ball so I went to Milwaukee to wait for my brother’s season to end.  I was just hanging around the club when they said, ‘Since you’re here, we’re going to put you on the roster for the rest of the season.'”

The Boxscore – Braves 4, Pirates 2 i 10 innings.  Torre goes 1-for-1 as a pinch hitter for Warren Spahn.

Did You Know…

Joe Torre logged more than 500 games at catcher, third base, and first base during his playing days.

Happy Birthday Joe Torre!!!

Happy Birthday Joe Torre!!!

Joe Torre turns 71 years old today.

More known by today’s baseball fan as the manager that led the New York Yankees to multiple World Series wins over the last 15 years, Joe Torre was also a fantastic baseball player.

A guy that was able to play numerous infield positions, Torre was valuable to the rosters he was a part of during his 18 seasons as a player in the big leagues.

A 9-time All-Star, Torre was a steady contact hitter that collected 2,342 career hits alongside his lifetime batting average of .297 displays his amazing consistency at the plate.

Torre’s best season in the majors came in 1971 when he won the league’s MVP award.  With his 230 hits, 34 doubles, 22 home runs, 137 RBI and .363 batting average, Torre was one of the league’s best.  And the hardware proved it – a batting title and MVP trophy!

Torre never made the postseason as a player, but he made up for that during his coaching career.  After unsuccessful stints in New York (Mets),  Atlanta, and St. Louis, Torre took over as the Yankees skipper in 1996.  He promptly won 4 World Series titles over the next five seasons.

Happy Birthday Mr. Torre!!!