Friday, October 1, 2010

Managers and the Hall of Fame

2400+ Games Managed (32)
  • Hall of Fame (20)
    • Connie Mack, John McGraw, Bucky Harris, Sparky Anderson, Casey Stengel, Leo Durocher, Walter Alston, Bill McKechnie, Joe McCarthy, Tom Lasorda, Dick Williams, Clark Griffith, Fred Clarke, Wilbert Robinson, Miller Huggins, Earl Weaver, Ned Hanlon, Al Lopez, Whitey Herzog, Lou Boudreau 
  • Active (6)
    • Bobby Cox, Tony LaRussa, Joe Torre, Jim Leyland, Dusty Baker, Bruce Bochy
  • Elgible, never elected (5)
    • Gene Mauch
      • sub-.500 record, 0 Pennants
    • Jimmy Dykes
      • sub-.500 record, 0 Pennants
    • Bill Rigney
      • sub-.500 record, 0 Pennants
    • Chuck Tanner
      • sub-.500 record, 1 Playoff Appearance, 1 Pennant, 1 World Series (1979 Pirates)
    • Ralph Houk
      • .514 W-L%, 3 Pennants, 2 World Series (1961, '62 Yankees)
  • Retired, not yet eligible (1)
    • Lou Piniella
There are a number of other managers in the Hall of Fame with less than 2400 games managed, but almost all of them are in for their playing careers (Frank Robinson, Rogers Hornsby, Billy Terry) and probably the only modern manager in primarily for managing is Billy Southworth (managed the Cardinals from 1940-1945 and Braves from 1946-1951 with a .597 W-L% and 2 WS; elected in 2008).

As of today, Bobby Cox, Joe Torre and Tony LaRussa are the only active (or recently retired) managers that are definite Hall of Famers.  Lou Piniella might be elected eventually, but his overall lack of postseason success will make it more difficult. 

Jim Leyland has a career W-L% under .500 and some agonizing postseason losses (1991, 1992, 2006), so he will probably have trouble too.  Dusty Baker needs a World Series win (it might be weeks away) in order to have a shot.  Bruce Bochy also needs multiple World Series titles to get into the discussion (his first might also be weeks away).

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