Terry Francona Could Have Been Next Hall of Fame Manager for Cardinals

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Terry Francona Could Have Been Next Hall of Fame Manager for Cardinals
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Tito and Torre-future Cooperstown mates?

Terry Francona did not get the open managerial post with the Cardinals, which went to former St. Louis catcher Mike Matheny. Given the team's history, this was a big surprise.

Thirteen St. Louis managers have eventually made it to the Hall of Fame, and at least two others are almost certain to join them.

After leading the Red Sox to two World Series titles, Tito is already on the doorstep of Cooperstown, and the Cards have a habit of hiring men with plaques in their future. Of course Matheny could go on to a Hall of Fame career as well, but he's starting from ground zero with no previous managerial experience.

Here's a look at all the men who went from the Redbirds dugout to immortality—and a couple other likely suspects.  

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