LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Bobby Cox is among three legendary managers who are entering the Hall of Fame together.
Contemporaries Cox, Tony La Russa, and Joe Torre, who rank third, fourth and fifth, respectively, on the career list for managerial victories, were elected unanimously to the Hall on Monday by the expansion-era committee.
Cox has a chance to be inducted in July with two of his ace pitchers: Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux are on the Baseball Writers' Association of America ballot for the first time and are expected to earn election.
All three managers surpassed 2,000 wins, a magical figure of sorts because no manager with at least that many has been excluded from the Hall.
Longtime players union head Marvin Miller, who came up a vote short of the 12 required from a 16-person panel during the last expansion-era balloting three years ago, failed to get elected on his sixth time on the ballot. Miller died in November 2012.
Iconic New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, who died in 2010, wasn't elected either.
Said baseball commissioner Bud Selig in a statement: "I am thrilled that these great managers during my tenure as Commissioner will join the legends of our game in the halls of Cooperstown. In careers of consistent excellence and incredible longevity, Bobby, Tony and Joe all left indelible impacts on our national pastime.
"For decades, these three individuals not only led great ballclubs, but instilled in their teams a brand of class and professionalism that baseball fans admired. It is fitting that Bobby, Tony and Joe will share our game's highest honor together.
La Russa, Cox and Torre began their careers on the bench within two years of each other, between 1977 and '79, and concluded their stay between 2010 and 2011 as three of the most successful managers the game has seen.