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Reviewing the Manager Backlog

Will Lasorda join Alston and the ten others in the HoME?

Will Lasorda join Alston and the ten others in the HoME?

I admit that I’m a bit naïve. Going into both the player portion of the Hall of Miller and Eric and now the manager portion, I thought the work would be much more simple and straight-forward than it has been, almost like the answers would magically reveal themselves. Well, they haven’t. We’ve spent more than three months pouring through most of the 694 managers the game has seen. Since only 357 of them won even 100 games and many of those guys are active and ineligible now, I thought the work would be easier. Boy was I wrong.

However, this post isn’t designed to explain my shortcomings. It’s just to update you as the status of our process. The plan is to elect 22 managers to the HoME, the same number as are in the Hall of Fame. And we’ve done this in 13 preliminary elections during which we were able to narrow our starting list of 100. We’ve written 60 obituaries and elected 11, leaving another 29 who will see the second phase of our project.

First, here are the 11 who are now part of the Hall of Miller and Eric.

Walter Alston
Sparky Anderson
Bobby Cox
Miller Huggins
Tony LaRussa
Connie Mack
Joe McCarthy
John McGraw
Casey Stengel
Joe Torre
Earl Weaver

We’re not saying that these are the top-11 guys ever to grace a major league dugout. All we’re saying is that they’re the guys who we’re certain to be deserving to this point.

And now, the 29 who will move to our second phase.

                                                          G>	WS    Flags
                  Yrs     From       W      L     %     .500    Won   Won    Teams
===================================================================================
Cap Anson	   21	1875-1898   1295    947	  .578	 348	 0     5       3
Frank Chance	   11	1905-1923    946    648	  .593	 298     2     4       3
Fred Clarke	   19	1897-1915   1602   1181	  .576	 421	 1     4       2
Charlie Comiskey   12	1883-1894    840    541	  .608	 299	 1     4       3
Leo Durocher	   24	1939-1973   2008   1709	  .540	 299	 1     3       4
Clark Griffith	   20	1901-1920   1491   1367	  .522	 124	 0     1       4
Charlie Grimm	   19	1932-1960   1287   1067	  .547	 220	 0     3       2
Ned Hanlon	   19	1889-1907   1313   1164	  .530	 149	 0     5       5
Bucky Harris	   29	1924-1956   2158   2219	  .493	 -61	 2     3       5
Whitey Herzog	   18	1973-1990   1281   1125	  .532	 156	 1     3       4
Ralph Houk	   20	1961-1984   1619   1531	  .514	  88	 2     3       3
Hughie Jennings	   16	1907-1925   1184    995	  .543	 189	 0     3       2
Tommy Lasorda	   21	1976-1996   1599   1439	  .526	 160	 2     4       1
Al Lopez	   17	1951-1969   1410   1004	  .584	 406	 0     2       2
Billy Martin	   16	1969-1988   1253   1013	  .553	 240	 1     2       5
Bill McKechnie	   25	1915-1946   1896   1723	  .524	 173	 2     4       5
Danny Murtaugh	   15	1957-1976   1115    950	  .540	 165	 2     2       1
Jim Mutrie	    9	1883-1891    658    419	  .611	 239	 2     3       2
Steve O'Neill	   14	1935-1954   1040    821	  .559	 219	 1     1       4
Lou Piniella	   23	1986-2010   1835   1713	  .517	 122	 1     1       5
Frank Robinson	   16	1975-2006   1065   1176	  .475	-111	 0     0       4
Wilbert Robinson   19	1902-1931   1399   1398	  .500	   1	 0     2       2
Red Schoendienst   14	1965-1990   1041    955	  .522	  86	 1     2       1
Frank Selee	   16	1890-1905   1284    862	  .598	 422	 0     5       2
Billy Southworth   13	1929-1951   1044    704	  .597	 340	 2     4       2
George Stallings   13	1897-1920    879    898	  .495	 -19	 1     1       4
Bill Terry	   10	1932-1941    823    661	  .555	 162	 1     3       1
Dick Williams	   21	1967-1988   1571   1451	  .520	 120	 2     4       6
Harry Wright	   23	1871-1893   1225    885	  .581	 340	 0     6       4

Pretty amazingly 21 of these 29 men are already in the Hall of Fame for one reason or another. For us, 11 will get in, and 18 more will receive obituaries.

So there’s the backlog, 29 guys for 11 spots. On Monday we’ll explain how our process will work moving forward.

Miller

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