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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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brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 12:51 am
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Since: Feb 13, 2010
Posted on: November 2, 2011 12:42 am
 

Tony La Russa announces retirement

Winning eliminates the need for La Russa and Knight to treat the people they work with and interact with repectfully?  There are countless stories of these two treating people poorly but I should respect them because they win?  Screw them, screw you and screw the small minded who choose to look past the entire cloth that makes the man and instead focus on the idea of because it was my team I love them.


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Since: Nov 13, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 10:51 am
 

Tony La Russa announces retirement

Gosh, you all are right.  Let's bow down and worship Saint Tony, patron saint of Baseball for all the wonderful things he did...like that DUI.  Like letting players use 'roids, etc.  He is only retiring because he knows Poopholez is out, and without the guy who makes him look good, he will be shown to be just another guy who fills out a lineup card.    He is a piece of crap, plain and simple.



Since: Jan 13, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2011 9:18 am
 

Tony La Russa announces retirement

Tony La Russa announces retirement

Oh brian8ball, gosh, I am humbled by your wit.  I think a guy you like is a jerk, so I must be some kid, right?  I never said anything about the Cubs being better, I am very realistic and know what the last century has been.  I have come on and posted to say what I thik about Larussa.  He was a jerk, , and a cheater.  He pushed the 'roids onto his players, brought in the guy who is second only to Barry Bonds in terms of 'roid use, and spends more time helping his players mask there 'roid use with the right agents.  He lucked into getting a guy like Poopholez, and even then stilled pushed 'roids onto a guy who was an amazing talent anyway.  People need to stop acting like Larussa was some baseball equivalent of Tim Teabag, and recognize that while the man had success, most of it was not honestly come by, and that his personal actions (DUI and other alcohol issues) make him into a world a$$h01e.  I've lost friends due to people like him saying, "I haven't had that much to drink.  I think I will drive home".  I am glad he is leaving, and expect him to crawl into a bottle of Jack Daniels now, and likely suffer from within the next five years.  Good riddance to an overrated piece of trash with no class.  Every one of his managing "accomplishments" is tainted.  And if the speculation that he might unretire to coach Poopholez and the Cubs were ever to come to fruition, I would quit watching and rooting for them.  I cannot and would not ever root for that piece of garbage in any way, shape or form.  I took a dump this morning that has more class that Larussa.


After reading your post.............YOU are the one who appears to have no class.




Since: Jul 16, 2008
Posted on: November 1, 2011 9:03 am
 

Tony La Russa announces retirement

He was a jerk, an alcoholic, and a cheater.


Was or is randall?  Because he has now retired, it is "was" a jerk?  Typical response from a Cubs fan that acts as if they use to goto backyard BBQs with the man knowing him personally. 


   He pushed the 'roids onto his players, brought in the guy who is second only to Barry Bonds in terms of 'roid use, and spends more time helping his players mask there 'roid use with the right agents

Really?  Do you have a direct link for all this undocmented statements you are making?  Give us another link on the last time Pujols failed a drug test.  Last I checked, players make the decision on their agents, but I guess you know otherwise.  

I am glad he is leaving, and expect him to crawl into a bottle of Jack Daniels now


TLR enjoys red wine.  Go back to your bible studies before making such outrageous claims.  TLR was and is a great manager of baseball even though I did not agree with the moves he made a good percentage of the time.  True hall of famer and always a nice guy to meet in person at spring training. 



Since: Nov 13, 2006
Posted on: November 1, 2011 8:06 am
 

Tony La Russa announces retirement

Oh brian8ball, gosh, I am humbled by your wit.  I think a guy you like is a jerk, so I must be some kid, right?  I never said anything about the Cubs being better, I am very realistic and know what the last century has been.  I have come on and posted to say what I thik about Larussa.  He was a jerk, an alcoholic, and a cheater.  He pushed the 'roids onto his players, brought in the guy who is second only to Barry Bonds in terms of 'roid use, and spends more time helping his players mask there 'roid use with the right agents.  He lucked into getting a guy like Poopholez, and even then stilled pushed 'roids onto a guy who was an amazing talent anyway.  People need to stop acting like Larussa was some baseball equivalent of Tim Teabag, and recognize that while the man had success, most of it was not honestly come by, and that his personal actions (DUI and other alcohol issues) make him into a world class a$$h01e.  I've lost friends due to people like him saying, "I haven't had that much to drink.  I think I will drive home".  I am glad he is leaving, and expect him to crawl into a bottle of Jack Daniels now, and likely suffer from liver failure within the next five years.  Good riddance to an overrated piece of trash with no class.  Every one of his managing "accomplishments" is tainted.  And if the speculation that he might unretire to coach Poopholez and the Cubs were ever to come to fruition, I would quit watching and rooting for them.  I cannot and would not ever root for that piece of garbage in any way, shape or form.  I took a dump this morning that has more class that Larussa.



Since: Oct 30, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:49 pm
 

Tony La Russa announces retirement

Happy Trails, Good luck in the future Tony La Russa.



Since: Sep 11, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:41 pm
 

Great! Bartender...

...gimme another! Who's going to tell the roster what roids and masking agents to take? Afterall, who was a greater enabler than Ol' Pharmacist Tony?!



Since: Jul 5, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:27 pm
 

Tony La Russa announces retirement

in less than 24hrs tony will change his name to jack daniels and get lost in a bottle


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