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Joe Torre to be Inducted into Hall of Fame

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Joe Torre will join baseball's best in Cooperstown Saturday as he is inducted into the Hall of Fame.

From 1996 to 2008, Torre managed the Yankees to four World Series titles and six pennants.

He also played for the Mets for five years in the 1960s, and briefly managed them in the 1970s.

Torre spoke emotionally about his time in the league Saturday; specifically, about his time in New York.

"It's just been a great experience and it's something they can't take away from you once it happens," Torre said. "The time in New York—I mean that's the reason your talking to me now. You know, managing the Yankees and the results we got."

Torre was born in Brooklyn.

His number 6 was retired by the Yankees last summer.

Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine, Frank Thomas, and managers Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa will also be inducted into the Hall of Fame today.

Meanwhile, the Baseball Hall of Fame's board has cut the time a player will be eligible for election from 15 to 10 years.

The change means less time for officials to consider sluggers like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens, whose careers have been tainted by performance enhancing drug allegations.

They have both been on the ballot for two years.

However, the rule change won't go into effect for Don Mattingly, Lee Smith and Alan Trammell.

All three have been on the ballot for at least 10 years and will be eligible until they reach the 15-year limit.

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