Last year, Morris received 67.7 percent of the votes in his 14th time appearing on the Baseball Writers’ Association of America ballot. That ranked second to Craig Biggio, who had 68.2 percent of the votes in his first year on the BBWAA ballot.
“Oh, Craig Biggio is deserving and I have no doubt he will get in sooner rather than later,” La Russa said. “But to me, Jack Morris has only one year left on the ballot.”
Cox managed all 29 of his seasons with the Braves, going 2,504-2,001 and winning the World Series in 1995.
Torre followed an 18-year Major League Baseball career with 29 seasons as a manager. He won four World Series titles with the New York Yankees (1996, 1998-2000) and finished with a 2,326-1,997 career record.
La Russa managed the Chicago White Sox from 1979-1986, the Oakland A’s from 1986-1995 and the St. Louis Cardinals from 1996-2011. He won World Series titles with the A’s in 1989 and the Cardinals in 2006 and 2011.
“I have always been there (in Cooperstown) as a visitor,” said La Russa, whose finished with a 33-year record of 2,728-2,365. “I have never been as a member, so I am very excited. I haven’t even really had time to get used to it.
“Frank Robinson always told me that your whole life changes,” he continued. “I am just starting to see that today. I haven’t had time to look at my phone because there are so many texts and emails to return.”
La Russa also said he expects a significant number of fans to turn out for his induction in Cooperstown this summer.
“I managed for three clubs, so I expect to see fans from all three places,” he said. “Northern California, Oakland, Chicago and also St. Louis.”
The Expansion Era Committee held meetings Sunday in Orlando, Fla., the site of baseball’s Winter Meetings this year.