By virtue of winning his third World Series title (1989 in Oakland, 2006 and 2011 in St. Louis), a career managerial record of 2728-2365 (third in victories behind John McGraw – who he would pass next season for second place – and Connie Mack) and four manager of the year selections, Cardinals skipper Tony LaRussa is certain to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in his first season of eligibility.
Or is he?
Will the “Steroid Era” hand-wringing and lamentations by sportswriters also result in a delay in the manufacturing of LaRussa’s plaque?
...If you choose to punish players, you probably have to punish those who knew – or should have known – who could have stopped the problem before it got way out of control.
How will the BBWAA and its members handle their drug suspicions during the process of constructing a ballot and voting on the candidacies of baseball executives and pioneers? Will the writers appointed by the BBWAA Historical Review Committee that devise the Expansion Era ballot stop and consider their suspicions of non-players, also?
Since writers are intent making a stark black and white distinction as to who gets in and who doesn’t, where do you draw the line – and due to his actions, does Tony LaRussa fall below it for now?