Hall of Fame observers figure Joe Torre will have a great speech

Joe Torre (Reuters)

Joe Torre (Reuters)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:59 PM ET

A veteran of more than three decades of induction ceremonies was asked who he thought would give the best speech on Sunday.

The inductees heading to the podium before an expected crowd of 40,000 to celebrate the Hall of Fame’s 75th anniversary on Sunday afternoon are Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas, elected by the Baseball Writers Association of America, and three managers, selected by the expansion era committee, Tony La Russa, Joe Torre and Bobby Cox,

“Well, Bobby Cox hates to talk about himself,” he said. “Glavine will be business-like, like the way he pitched. Maddux may be funny. La Russa has a ton of ground to cover — White Sox, Oakland, St. Louis and now he’s with Arizona — I’m not sure he’ll be able to split his time. Thomas will be fine, but my pick as the best?

“It has to be Torre. And count on more Yankees fans than other teams being there.”


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