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Tony La Russa could manage in 2012 All-Star Game

Posted on: November 2, 2011 9:21 am
Edited on: November 14, 2011 9:12 pm

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Tony La Russa may not have managed his last game -- the retired manager could return to the dugout for the 2012 All-Star Game in Kansas City, commissioner Bud Selig told Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

"I'd like to see him do that," Selig told Hummel. "We've got to see what happens."

As we noted on Monday, the gig is there if La Russa wants it. The World Series managers usually manage the All-Star teams the next season, meaning La Russa would be in line to manage the National League and Ron Washington to manage the American League.

La Russa wouldn't be the first retired manager to come back to manage the All-Star team. Danny Murtaugh of the Pirates retired after winning the 1971 World Series and then managed the 1972 All-Star Game.

There have been other managers to retire or switch teams after appearing in the World Series -- the ones that switched teams have managed representing their new team (i.e. Dusty Baker in 2003, Dick Williams in 1974), while other times managers who have been fired or resigned were replaced by the manager of the team with the next-best record. After the 1964 season, both the Cardinals' Johnny Keane and Yankees' Yogi Berra were no longer with their teams, so Gene Mauch of the Phillies and Al Lopez of the White Sox managed the 1965 Game.

None of those All-Star Games "counted" though -- but really, would  even a retired La Russa be a hindrance to the National League? It would be a fitting tribute to one of baseball's greatest managers, and also a nice touch that it would come in the state of Missouri.

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Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 11:06 am

Tony La Russa could manage in 2012 All-Star Game

 First of all, if the manager had little to do with the outcome, YOU would be managing.  But you aren't.  No one wants to pay you $4MM.  Why would a savy team owner feel the need to shell out millions of dollars to a manager, if it didn't really matter.

You need to reread my post.  My reference was to managers and their influence on all-star games, not in regular or post season games.  If the manager was in complete control of the outcome of the all-star game then they wouldn't be substituting pitchers every inning or so.  You would stay with the hot hand, right?  Same way with the substitutions in the field.  Sometimes deference is given to playing a certain "star" in the all-star game as opposed to filling a defensive need or playing a switch hitter.   So does it really make any difference whether LaRussa or anyone else is making these contrary substitutions during the all-star game?

Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 9:01 pm

Tony La Russa could manage in 2012 All-Star Game

he will only do this if He hasn't drowned in a bottle of Jack Daniels by then.

Since: Nov 2, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 7:50 pm
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Since: Aug 6, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2011 7:04 pm

Tony La Russa could manage in 2012 All-Star Game


Since: Feb 29, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2011 6:04 pm

Tony La Russa could manage in 2012 All-Star Game

Pretty cool

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 5:47 pm

Tony La Russa could manage in 2012 All-Star Game

I don't think Tony LaRussa should manage the NL in the ASG...I think JACK McKEON should!

And have Mike Quade be a coach again.  

Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 3:42 pm

Tony La Russa could manage in 2012 All-Star Game

Nothing against Larussa but how can Selig say the All Star game is a real game and then turn around and say that he hope's Larussa comes back to manage it next year. Larussa is retired. If it's an exhibition game fine. Let's treat it like an exhibition. Get rid of this stupid World Series home field advantage rule.   

Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2011 3:27 pm

Tony La Russa could manage in 2012 All-Star Game

Perfect.  If Prince Fielder signs with an AL team, LaRussa can throw at him one last time. 

Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2011 3:01 pm

Tony La Russa could manage in 2012 All-Star Game

Come on.  Get your head out of the sand.  The ASG is WAY more important for the active manager than a retired manager.  The manager in the game (the penant winner from the previous year) is probably on a playoff calibur team that has a strong possibility of making it to the WS.  Ron Washington had a vested interest in this past year's dictated the WS HIS TEAM PLAYED IN.  Which, mind you, they lost...possibly because they DIDNT have home field.  I'd imagine the pressure of closing out Game 6 would have been much less at home than in St. Louis.

That said, the ASG dictating home field is stupid anyway.  I just don't see how LaRussa would want to come back to manage something as pathetic as the ASG.  The manager has to worry more about appeasing players and other team's coaches than he does about winning the game, because EVERYONE deserves a chance to play in the game.  The ASG is 10% managing baseball and 90% managing people's expectations. 

Since: Nov 2, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 2:30 pm

Tony La Russa could manage in 2012 All-Star Game

The All Star Game is an honor for both players and managers.  There is precedent for managers who have left the game, coaching this game.  Where do you get your information?  You say this game is important for the "active managers" as if this is some sort of written rule.  Do you think if you were managing the final All Star Game of your life, that you would have "nothing to play for".  Come on.  Tony wants to win this game more than anything.  Bud Selig seems to be open to it.  I heard LaRussa today say that if he was asked he would accept.  So, there you have it Catfish.  Like it or not, one of the game's greatest managers will be coaching the National League All Stars.

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