The All-Star Game isn't the only game in town. Forget voting for the best players of the first half of this season; we're looking for the best of 20 seasons of baseball on ESPN.
We asked you to help us narrow down the field for the best players and managers during 20 years of baseball on ESPN. The first round of voting is complete, and we've got the three finalists you selected at each position. Now it's time to pick the winners.
For this first week, three of the finest modern-era skippers square off. The winner will be announced June 28 on Sunday Night Baseball (Yankees at Mets, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN). Next Monday, you'll have a chance to vote on a right-handed pitcher to join the team. The final team will be announced Sept. 20 on Sunday Night Baseball.
Without further ado, the three manager finalists you selected.
Joe Torre: One of the most famous managers in the history of the game. He led the Yanks to 12 straight postseason appearances, never missing the playoffs while managing in pinstripes. When it comes to winning, he ranks fifth all time amongst managers and has four World Series victories tucked under his belt. Before managing the Yankees, Torre had winning seasons in charge of both the Braves and Cardinals. He began his managerial career with the Mets.
Bobby Cox: This Braves legend has received manager of the year honors four times, including back-to-back wins in 2004 and 2005. He is fourth all time in wins and led the Braves to 14 consecutive division championships and one World Series victory. Prior to his current tenure with the Braves, he posted three winning seasons with the Blue Jays, including a 99-win campaign in 1985. Let's not forget; he's been tossed more than any other skipper.
Tony La Russa: Regardless of the league, Tony La Russa knows how to win. With success in both the AL and NL, he ranks third all time in managerial wins. He has won pennants with the Athletics and the Cardinals (two World Series wins total) and has snagged four manager of the year titles.