Top managers of baseball's expansion era (PHOTOS)
The additions of Joe Torre, Tony La Russa and Bobby Cox to the Baseball Hall of Fame by its expansion era committee were each no-brainers. The three are the winningest managers of their era (1973-present), with only fellow Hall of Famers Connie Mack and John McGraw ahead of them on the all-time list. Of course, there's more to measuring a manager's success than total regular-season victories. Factoring in World Series appearances and victories, winning percentage and how successful they were at different stops, here's how amNewYork ranks the top six managers of the expansion era.
1. Tony La Russa - Years: White Sox (1979-86), Athletics (1986-95), Cardinals (1996-2011) - Accomplishments: 2,728 wins, .536 winning percentage, three World Series titles, six pennants, 14 playoff appearances, four-time Manager of the Year - One of two managers to win a World Series in the AL (1989) and NL (2006, 2011), La Russa won more than he lost at all three stops in his managerial career. (Credit: Getty)
2. Joe Torre - Years: Mets (1977-81), Braves (1982-84), Cardinals (1990-95), Yankees (1996-2007), Dodgers (2008-10) - Accomplishments: 2,326 wins, .538 winning percentage, four World Series titles, six pennants, 15 playoff appearances, two-time Manager of the Year - Although his non-Yankee stints weren't particularly memorable, Torre won more World Series crowns than any manager of his era while in the Bronx. (Credit: Getty)
3. Sparky Anderson - Years: Reds (1970-78), Tigers (1979-95) - Accomplishments: 2,196 wins, .545 winning percentage, three World Series titles, five pennants, seven playoff appearances, two-time Manager of the Year - The first to win the World Series in both leagues (1975, 1976, 1984), Anderson is best known for the first two championship teams he managed in Cincinnati, a collective of top talent known as the “Big Red Machine.” (Credit: Getty)
4. Bobby Cox - Years: Braves (1978-81, 1990-2010), Blue Jays (1982-85) - Accomplishments: 2,504 wins, .556 winning percentage, one World Series title, five pennants, 16 playoff appearances, four-time Manager of the Year - Cox leads all era managers with a combined record that is 503 games over .500. Though he won just one World Series (1995), his Braves were almost always in the postseason during his second stint. (Credit: Getty)
5. Tommy Lasorda - Years: Dodgers (1976-96) - Accomplishments: 1,599 wins, .526 winning percentage, two World Series titles, four pennants, seven playoff appearances, two-time Manager of the Year - In an era of managers — including some of the greats — making multiple stops in their careers, Lasorda spent his entire career in Los Angeles, where his team won World Series crowns in 1981 and 1988. (Credit: Getty)
6. Jim Leyland - Years: Pirates (1986-96), Marlins (1997-98), Rockies (1999), Tigers (2006-13) - Accomplishments: 1,769 wins, .506 winning percentage, one World Series title, three pennants, eight playoff appearances, three-time Manager of the Year - Though Leyland won his only World Series with Florida in 1997, he may be best remembered for leading Detroit to two World Series appearances. (Credit: Getty)