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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
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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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Since: Feb 1, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 10:20 pm
 

Tony La Russa announces retirement

A true great.  Enjoy your retirement, Tony.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 9:44 pm
 

Tony La Russa announces retirement

Those who have harsh words for LaRussa are probably fans of teams that LaRussa's teams have pawned into oblivion over the years. I sympathize with you, but I sure don't empathize with you.  



Since: Feb 3, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 9:35 pm
 

Tony La Russa announces retirement

Really Ronnie not only are mocking one of the great Managers in baseball history your calling Bobby Knight a penis also. Apperently you know nothing about college b-ball you know nothing about basebal at all. You don't have to like either one of them but should as all of should respect them. If any body is a "penis" maybe you should glare in the mirror for awile.


brian8ball
Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 9:00 pm
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Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 8:59 pm
 

Tony La Russa announces retirement

Tony LaRussa is not done managing.
He will end up either in a Cubs uniform with Albert Puljos, Cincinnati with old friend Walt Jocketty or the Boston Red Sox because He has expressed interest in returning to the American League at least that's  what the buzz is around here . . .   not for sure though.



Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 8:39 pm
 

Tony La Russa announces retirement

Farewell to Tony LaRussa it  was time , now bring on Terry Francona



Since: Feb 13, 2010
Posted on: October 31, 2011 7:51 pm
 

Tony La Russa announces retirement

There is no more of a penis in all of sports.  He can join Bob Knight on the Simpson's rocket to the sun as far as I am concerned.

 



Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 7:33 pm
 

Tony La Russa announces retirement

This seems like the perfect ending to a brilliant career.  Everybody always tries to write the perfect script to go out on and a World Series is about as good as you can ask for.  Couple this with the fact that Albert Pujols is getting ready to sign a huge contract and you see he's trying to be fair to him. Albert is likely to sign a 6-8 year deal and LaRussa knew he would be gone before then.  He just took a team that was written off for dead on August 1st and rallied them to get in and be the last team standing,  Hollywood start writing the script, Tony will play himself.



Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: October 31, 2011 7:06 pm
 

Tony La Russa announces retirement

  " La Russa, 67, has been a manager for the past 33 seasons, having stints with the , 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. " 


Couldn't have said it better myself. 



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Since: Aug 3, 2011
Posted on: October 31, 2011 6:51 pm
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