La Russa’s age accelerates his Hall chances

As announced by the Baseball Hall of Fame on Monday, retired St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa is one of 12 candidates for election to the Hall of Fame Class of 2014. The group represents the Expansion Era, with primary contributions from 1973 to the present.

Normally, five years would be required post-retirement to be considered, but that does not hold for those over 65 years of age. La Russa celebrated his 69th birthday last month.

The ex-skipper will be considered along with former Cardinals catcher Ted Simmons, one-time St. Louis manager Joe Torre and nine other candidates.

A 16-member board will vote during the winter meetings, with the winners announced on December 9.  75 percent support will be needed for induction, an event to be held next July 27 in Cooperstown, New York.

Full details can be read at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum website.

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