Joe Torre elected to baseball Hall of Fame

joe-torre-topps-card.jpgThe former manager of the Dodgers, now a baseball official, was chosen by a special veterans committee to enter the Hall of Fame next year. He was elected along with retired managers Bobby Cox and Tony LaRussa. As a player, Torre came up a power-hitting catcher with the Milwaukee Braves in 1960. He played in 2,209 games for the Braves, Cardinals and Mets, hit 252 home runs, and won the Most Valuable Player award in 1971. He has managed the Mets, Cardinals, Braves, Yankees and Dodgers, with a record of 2326-1997 in 29 seasons. Torre, fifth on the list of all-time wins, is one of just five managers to win the World Series four times. Torre also has been a broadcaster.

Torre managed the Dodgers in 2008, 2009 and 2010 after a stormy end to his longest tenure, 12 years with the Yankees.

Meanwhile: The Dodgers reportedly have hired retired pitcher Orel Hershsiser for their TV broadcast team. Steve Dilbeck says the hire will be announced this week. The Dodgers also are bringing in Alanna Rizzo from MLB Network, Dilbeck reports.

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