Herzog talks about Hall of Fame

INDIANAPOLIS -- Whitey Herzog, with his Hall of Fame jersey and hat on, chatted about the Hall of Fame and what it meant to finally get in.

"Never did I dream in my life that I'd be a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame," Herzog said. "I'm very appreciative of this. It puts the icing on the cake. I got to manage good people."

Herzog, who managed the Rangers for 138 games in 1973 (going 47-91) before getting replaced by Billy Martin, goes in the Hall of Fame as a part of the Veterans Committee alongside umpire Doug Harvey, who umpired during Herzog's era.

"He's in the Hall of Fame because he was a Hall of Fame umpire," said Herzog, who was thrown out of several games by Harvey. "But he was the worst weatherman I'd ever seen. If the sun is out at Coopertown, please don't put the tarp on."

Herzog said he was fired by the Rangers on the day of his son's 16th birthday. Interestingly, Herzog, without prompting, recalled his record at Texas exactly right. He said he was so relieved to get a job after that. He went on, of course, to win a World Series with the Cardinals and went to two other National League championship series and also won three division titles with the Royals.