To me, Joe Torre remains one of the most popular and respected big league managers out there. He ranks up there with Bobby Cox as one of the only two managers I believe epitomizes the success of managing in today’s climate.

It was announced that Joe Torre’s name came up in the Veteran’s Committee list as a finalist. Look at his numbers:

.297 BtorreascardinalA 252 homers and 1,185 RBIs, .363 BA in 1971 along with the NL MVP award. Torre’s 18-year career generated 344 doubles and 996 runs scored over 2,209 games. He hit .300 or better five times, notched 200-plus hits twice and 100-plus RBIs five times.

In 1965, Torre won a Gold Glove for fielding excellence at catcher, and he twice (1964 and 1968) led NL catchers in fielding percentage.

Since his playing days, Torre has served as a manager for 27 seasons with the Mets (1977-81), Braves (1982-84), Cardinals (1990-95) and Yankees (1996-2007) and currently skippers the Dodgers, whom he took to the NL Championship Series this past season.

These are decent numbers, but what should get Torre enshrined in the Hall is his success as a manager. Before he went to teh Yankees, he was an average skipper, only to gain success while working for probably the most demanding owner in all of professional sports (Daniel Snyder, Jerry Jones, Al Davis, and Mark Cuban are others). Torre has amassed over 2,000 wins as a manager, 6 pennants, 4 world series championships, and also a nice touch: 2,000 wins as a manager and more than 2,000 hits as a player. He is the only person in MLB history to do so.

The Veterans Committee will announce their results on Monday on MLB.com. There’s a good chance Torre will finally step into Cooperstown for all of his accomplishments on the diamond and in the dugout.

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