Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa will officially be inducted this summer with no logo on his plaque, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced on Thursday.
Dec 9, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; Newly-inducted Baseball Hall of Fame managers Tony La Russa, Joe Torre and Bobby Cox (l-r) pose for a photo during the MLB Winter Meetings at Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin. Image Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports
His decision has led to several St. Louis Cardinals fans being upset. While I don’t blame them, I can certainly understand his reasoning. Greg Maddux has also opted to not enter with a logo on his plaque, so as to not upset both the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves fan bases.
La Russa’s statement:
"“The Chicago White Sox gave me my start in the game as a big league manager for my first eight seasons in my 33-year managerial career. In Oakland, we recorded four first-place finishes in 10 years, winning three pennants and a World Series. And in St. Louis, our clubs won three pennants and two titles in 16 years. It’s the totality of the success of each of those three teams that led me to Cooperstown, so I am choosing to not feature a logo so that fans of all clubs can celebrate this honor with me.”"
Post-Dispatch columnist Bernie Miklasz offered his own take on the matter.
Like Bernie, I’m not surprised. La Russa secured his Hall of Fame legacy while managing the Cardinals but he’s also one that respects and appreciates the history of the game, too. For those reasons and many more, he’s chose not to enter the Hall with a logo.