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Tony La Russa announces retirement

Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:10 am
Edited on: November 14, 2011 9:19 pm
 


By Matt Snyder


Just three days after winning his third World Series ring, Cardinals manager Tony La Russa has decided to retire from managing. He made the announcement at a press conference Monday morning.

“My most prominent feeling today as I reflect back on my 33 years of managing and my 16 years as a St. Louis Cardinal is my overwhelming gratitude for the good fortune that I have had and the many people who helped me along the way,” said La Russa.  “I had the opportunity to work for three organizations that were all very different, but very much the same in the most important way – their drive for success.”

In a surprising revelation, La Russa noted that he already had his mind made up he was going to retire at the conclusion of the season, regardless of the outcome. He mentioned that he told general manager John Mozeliak in late August.

"It's just time to do something else, and I knew it," he said. "If we won, if we lost, it wasn't going to change."

He also said that he told the players after the parade celebration Sunday evening and that "some grown men cried."

La Russa retires
In hindsight, La Russa seemed to be enjoying himself in press conferences more than he ever had before, just enjoying one final ride. It turned out to be a magical ride, as the Cardinals would win an amazing Game 6 and take control of Game 7 in the early innings, winning Game 7, 6-2. All this after being 10 1/2 games out of the wild card in late August. And the Cardinals played all season without injured ace Adam Wainwright.

La Russa, 67, has been a manager for the past 33 seasons, having stints with the White Sox, A's and then Cardinals. He won the AL Manager of the Year three times and the NL Manager of the Year once. He won 11 division titles and twice took the wild card. He was at the helm for six pennants (three with the A's, three with the Cardinals) and three World Series championships (1989 with the A's; 2006 and 2011 with the Cardinals). His 70 career postseason wins are second to only Joe Torre, and La Russa's 2,728 regular season wins are third in history, behind only Connie Mack and John McGraw.

Love him or hate him, there's no getting around the fact that La Russa will go down in history as one of the greatest managers in baseball history.

“On behalf of the entire Cardinals organization and our tremendous fans, I want to thank Tony for everything he has done over the past 16 years to help keep the Cardinals among the most respected and revered franchises in all of professional sports,” said Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. “Tony leaves behind a legacy of success that will always be considered one of the greatest eras in Cardinals history; an era that began immediately with a Division title in 1996 and was capped off with a World Championship in 2011”

Regarding the All-Star Game next season -- usually the World Series managers manage their respective leagues -- Major League Baseball will now decide who manages the NL All-Stars. The last time a World Series manager left his team was in 2003, when Dusty Baker took over the Cubs job (he was the Giants manager in the '02 World Series). Baker ended up just managing the '03 game. If La Russa wants to manage the '12 All-Star Game, he surely will. It's just a question of what he wants to do.

As for a possible return full-time, La Russa flatly said "no," when asked if he'd ever manage again.

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Comments

Since: Feb 10, 2009
Posted on: October 31, 2011 12:03 pm
 

Tony La Russa announces retirement

The biggest shock to me, isn't that he retired, it's how he could possibly fail a sobriety test with a blood alcohol level of .093? LOL



Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 12:03 pm
 

Tony La Russa announces retirement

wow, although I can't say this was a surprise, it's hard to imagine baseball without larussa coaching somewhere.  odds on them retaining pujols just got a little slimmer.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:54 am
 

Tony La Russa announces retirement

As much as it makes me want to barf when I say this... well done Tony. Congrats and enjoy your retirement.
I wish you all the best but also hope you receive terrible table service at all dining establishments for the rest of you life.



Since: Aug 31, 2009
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:52 am
 

Tony La Russa announces retirement

Only people in STL would call this idiot a class act.  He is far from it, and if you provincial hayseeds ever ventured out of your comfort zone you would have something to compare this uptight moron to.



Since: Aug 31, 2009
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:49 am
 

Tony La Russa announces retirement

I love this comment.  Hilarious...I cannot stand Tony Larussa, either.



Since: Oct 16, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:49 am
 

Tony La Russa announces retirement

Tony, thanks for all the great years!  Welcome to Saint Louis, Terry Francona.




Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:48 am
 

Tony La Russa announces retirement

Now he has more time to focus on feathering his hair and raising racists. So long, Soupy. See you at the traffic light. I'll try not to wake you.



Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:48 am
 

Tony La Russa announces retirement

LaRussa is one of the best managers of all-time, 3 world series' appearances in each league while winning 3 championships. I have been a fan of Oakland and St Louis since my early teens and I was super pleased when he came to the Cardinals.  Enjoy your retirement you have earned it....



Since: Dec 23, 2010
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:47 am
 

Tony La Russa announces retirement

We loved him and we hated him but one thing is for sure the Man wanted to win. He pushed and pushed and gave us World Series Titles. No one could throw at cardinal players and ever think they would get away with it. He protected his players and I wish him good health in his Retirement. This is a Great Year to be a Cardinal and let us not foget La Russa and Duncan go hand in hand for SAINT LOUIS.



Since: Sep 23, 2010
Posted on: October 31, 2011 11:45 am
 

Tony La Russa announces retirement

The two coaches I've been most impressed with in my time watching sports were Bill Walsh and Tony La Russa. I wish Tony a very happy retirement.


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