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Retired La Russa: 'Need to get back in baseball'

Posted on: November 4, 2011 1:06 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2011 9:05 pm
La Russa

By Evan Brunell

"I need to get back in baseball somewhere," recently retired manager Tony La Russa said on ESPN Chicago, as transcribed by

Despite retiring, La Russa isn't ready to completely hang up the cleats. Rather, he'd like to be involved somewhere.

“I think I don’t really want to retire immediately and just make a ceremonial visit here and there," he said. "I don’t want some kind of idle job that doesn’t do anything. I like responsibility. I like to wake up in the morning with something to do, so if there's some fit there somewhere, hopefully you get an opportunity then you prove you are really willing to work and you have something to contribute and then maybe you get more responsibility. That’s the way it is supposed to be, so I am not asking for any favors; just a chance.”

It sounds as if while La Russa is done managing, he isn't necessarily done being involved in baseball operations. Retiring as manager allows La Russa to do something different, as well as travel less and not have to worry about the day-to-day demands of a manager, but it's clear that his fire has yet to wane, if it ever will. La Russa, who began his career as White Sox manager, has been linked to the White Sox in an advisory capacity given his strong relationship with Chicago owner Jerry Reinsdorf, but La Russa doesn't see a fit in Chicago given the talent in the front office.

"I think they are really set up. I think that’s the problem," La Russa said. "You don’t want to go into some place that already has it figured out. They got it figured out.”

While La Russa waits for a job, he will be dropping the ceremonial first puck on Friday in an NHL game, when the St. Louis Blues host the Vancouver Canucks.

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Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2011 4:42 pm

Retired La Russa: 'Need to get back in baseball'

Don't like the arrogant LaRussa one bit but he's clearly earned an opporunity to be a GM somewhere so I have no problem with it.

Since: Oct 7, 2006
Posted on: November 5, 2011 11:57 am

Retired La Russa: 'Need to get back in baseball'

Yes Starblazer, still very bitter. However, i don't blame cards for phils epic chokejob and hated this egomaniac long before October. Not so funny afterall.

Since: Jun 16, 2011
Posted on: November 5, 2011 10:18 am

Retired La Russa: 'Need to get back in baseball'

We can't deny his passion, but enough already.  I'm really tired of the manager AND players who become 'retired'.  I understand that it's hard to deal with your lack of ability as a player forcing you to put the game behind you, but in La Russa's case it's time to have a life.  Tony, you've got a boatload of money and a Hall of Fame career - now take a f*cking vacation already and give the next guy a chance!  
And someone please shoot Clemens in the leg or something - anything to keep that 'roid head out of the game at any level!  Don't give me crap about him not being 'guilty' in a court of law either.  We all jumped on Bonds for hitting a shitload of HRs after age 36, but Clemens pitched like that clean?  Really?  He belongs in Texas with the Godfather of steroids - Nolan Ryan and George Bush - the man who turned the other way all those years with Canseco, Gonzalez, Pudge, Incaviglia......

Since: Jul 23, 2011
Posted on: November 5, 2011 7:56 am

Retired La Russa: 'Need to get back in baseball'

Undoubtedly a team will hire La Russa in some capacity.  His track record will open doors; he's well educated, knows baseball and has managed people with exceptional results.  Fascinating will be how comfortable his fellow employees feel having him around.  How much advice will Tony offer if he's brought in an advisory role?  Many despise Tony because of his perceived arrogance.  He's not apt to sit quietly in the owner's box munching on pretzels and sipping beer.  An insecure GM or even manager are apt to find La Russa to be a living, breathing threat.  The daily grind of a long season as manager wears anyone down but the challenge of taking over for the final two months to bring home an underachieving team might look awfully attractive come late July, 2012.  

Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: November 5, 2011 1:12 am

Retired La Russa: 'Need to get back in baseball'

Everyone is entitled to change sides I guess -  If your Tony Larussa and your team just won the world series then your listening.

Since: Jun 14, 2011
Posted on: November 4, 2011 10:55 pm

Retired La Russa: 'Need to get back in baseball'

Ah disgruntled braves fans......what a joke.

Since: Dec 27, 2007
Posted on: November 4, 2011 10:50 pm

Retired La Russa: 'Need to get back in baseball'

That's ok Tony, baseball doesn't need you back. Go climb into a hole with a giant mirror so you can admire yourself and stay retired.
 Still bitter about the NLDS? Too funny.

Since: Nov 9, 2006
Posted on: November 4, 2011 8:38 pm

Retired La Russa: 'Need to get back in baseball'

The White Sox don't have anything figured out as long as Kenny Williams is the GM.  I don't much care for La Russa's prima dona attitude, but atleast he knows talent.  Williams doesn't know talent and is a bigger ass than La Russa.

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: November 4, 2011 7:59 pm

Retired La Russa: 'Need to get back in baseball'

Want a REAL PROJECT Tony? The Orioles still need a GM.

Since: Jul 9, 2009
Posted on: November 4, 2011 6:58 pm

Retired La Russa: 'Need to get back in baseball'

spredbirds (5:35 p.m.), since someone had my other post removed for merely repeating your language--and since somehow your post didn't get removed last I checked, I'll repost it without that language.

The guy you were responding to may have been acting like a jerk, but that's no excuse for you to act like one, or to claim that the Cards "embarrassed" the Phillies or that the Phillies are an "overrated piece of [see your 5:35 post for the language you used]".  You had to go five games in a best-of-five series, going to the 9th inning to squeeze out a 1-0 win over a team that outscored you for the full series.  That doesn't constitute "embarrassing" anyone.  And if the Phillies were a "piece of [see your post for actual language]", why did you have so much trouble beating them?  And why would you want to devalue your own victory by saying that you only beat "an overrated piece of [see your post]"?  Get over yourself.

You won.  Enjoy it.  But don't act like as much of a jerk as the guy you were responding to.

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