Former A’s managers Tony La Russa and Billy Martin are among 12 finalists on the Expansion Era ballot for the Hall of Fame in 2014. Outfielder Dave Parker, a key part of Oakland’s 1989 World Series championship team, also is a finalist.
The Expansion Era ballot is a special category of election for those whose greatest contributions came from 1973 to the present. The other finalists are Dave Concepcion, Bobby Cox, Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Marvin Miller, Dan Quisenberry, Ted Simmons, George Steinbrenner and Joe Torre.
La Russa’s 2,728 wins rank third all-time among managers. He managed the A’s for 10 seasons and guided them to three straight American League pennants from 1988-90, including a World Series sweep of the Giants in 1989. La Russa also won two World Series managing St. Louis in 2006 and 2011.
Martin managed five different teams, including the A’s from 1980-82. His teams went 1,253-1,015, and he won the 1977 World Series with the Yankees.
Parker, a seven-time All-Star and 1978 N.L. MVP, spent 1988 and 1989 with the A’s. He drove in 97 runs on the ’89 championship team.