La Russa's return 'almost certain'
Posted on: October 17, 2010 1:49 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 10:57 am
Tony La Russa's return to the Cardinals could now be just a matter of deciding when to announce it, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
A person who spoke to the manager about the situation told the paper that he would be "very surprised" if La Russa did not come back for his 16th season. La Russa has had a series of daily discussions with owner Bill DeWitt Jr. and general manager John Mozeliak, all three addressing their concerns about the future.
The front office is apparently concerned about the makeup of La Russa's coaching staff, and several of the coaches, whose contracts expire at the end of the month, say they have heard nothing about their futures.
La Russa is not expected to be in St. Louis for the announcement of his return, which could come this week before the team's scouts convene for meetings. The Cardinals would need to wait until both league championship series conclude, or work out permission from the commissioner's office to announce it on an off day. No off days are scheduled this week, but could come if either series ends early. The Mariners are also believed to be waiting for the first opportunity to introduce Eric Wedge as their new manager.
-- David Andriesen
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