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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: Nov 2, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 2:25 pm
 

Tony La Russa could manage in 2012 All-Star Game

sock111....You baffle me.  Clearly you don't understand the strategic component of baseball.  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.   Its ok for you not to understand what value a manager like TLR brings to the game, but thats different than asserting (as if you are somehow an expert) that the manager doesn't impact the outcome.  There is a reason that winning managers are coveted by baseball franchises, adn there is a reason why certain managers win in both leagues despite not being in the top 10 in payroll.



Since: Oct 29, 2007
Posted on: November 2, 2011 1:42 pm
 

Tony La Russa could manage in 2012 All-Star Game

Some of you people baffle me.  It's not like he's coaching football or basketball.  He's not coaching, he's "managing".  Meaning substituting pitchers every inning or so, like every other manager has done in the All-Star game for the last 100 years.  The players win or lose this game.  The manager has very little to do with the outcome of this particular game.



TDAISON
Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2011 1:08 pm
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Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 1:02 pm
 

Tony La Russa could manage in 2012 All-Star Game

wrong move here. sorry, but he retired - this game is important for the ACTIVE MANAGERS in both leagues to win the game to get home field advantage for the world series. sorry, he has nothing to play for but everyone else does.


hootseek
Since: Nov 1, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 12:39 pm
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Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: November 2, 2011 11:12 am
 

Tony La Russa could manage in 2012 All-Star Game

Somebodys watched a game because TLR was managing in it???? Seriously. Maybe to see if the pitcher was batting 8th.



Since: Sep 6, 2006
Posted on: November 2, 2011 10:42 am
 

Tony La Russa could manage in 2012 All-Star Game

Something tells me he'll do this.  He doesn't want to manage full time anymore, but he'll always love the game.  I'd watch the game just to see him do it.



Since: Aug 31, 2011
Posted on: November 2, 2011 10:16 am
 

Tony La Russa could manage in 2012 All-Star Game

Better lock down a lot of pitchers for this game!  This would be a good honor for LaRussa who has earned the right to be there.  I think it doesn't matter if it means anything or not.  LaRussa isn't going to do anything to hurt the National League.


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