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Will La Russa return to baseball as a GM?

Posted on: February 23, 2012 11:22 pm
 
LAKELAND, Fla. -- Just a few months back, Tony La Russa retired.

Now he's thinking about his next job.

La Russa's visit to the Tigers spring training camp this week gave him a chance to spend time with close friend Jim Leyland, the Tigers manager. But La Russa planned the trip just as much so he could learn from Dave Dombrowski, the Tigers general manager.

His next job, the 67-year-old La Russa figures, could be as a GM.

"I might get a shot," La Russa said Thursday.

If that shot comes, La Russa wants to be prepared. Thursday, when Dombrowski came off the field after the Tigers' workout, La Russa headed to the Tiger GM's office to talk.

La Russa and Dombrowski go way back together, back to when La Russa was the White Sox manager in the 1980s, when Dombrowski worked in the White Sox's front office in his first job in baseball.

La Russa said he also plans to talk to Reds GM Walt Jocketty, who he knows well from their time together with the Cardinals. But La Russa said that out of respect to the Cardinals, who play in the same division as the Reds, he won't be helping out the Reds this spring.

With the Tigers in the American League, there's no such conflict here. But La Russa's visit was based as much on allowing him to learn as it was on anything he could do for the Tigers.

"If I get a shot [as a GM], I want to be prepared," he said.
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comeonabbie
Since: Feb 24, 2012
Posted on: February 24, 2012 12:21 pm
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Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:58 am
 

Will La Russa return to baseball as a GM?

The real question that needs to be answered is if he does become GM, does he put a permanent Kegarator and Liquor Bar in the locker room at all times?



Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: February 24, 2012 8:54 am
 

Will La Russa return to baseball as a GM?

LaRussa will obviously want to have something to do with baseball but not the daily grind of managing anymore, this seems like a logical step.  In true Tony LaRussa fashion he's doing research with friends of his on so me of the responsibilities of this position he may not be familiar with, evaluating talent there is none better judging from the championship teams he's put together.  The lucky team that eventually scores him as a GM will be on a fast track to success.



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 7:56 am
 

Will La Russa return to baseball as a GM?

Somehow think he would make a great GM as well, would be very interesting to see the make up of his team, full compliment of versatile part time players, low budget, and a chance towin, would be great for the Pirates or Padres!
Actually, I'm not so sure about that, Fairly.  It's not that I question Tony LaRussa's intelligence or baseball savvy.  I have a couple of concerns about him as a potential GM.

First, I suspect his team's manager would have to be a low-key type who can easily take a backseat to LaRussa.  I just can't see LaRussa hiring or keeping around an Ozzie Guillen-type who's always courting controversy and media attention.  I'd see LaRussa taking on a first-time manager or a Jim Tracy-type of dugout boss who can live with showing up every day and playing the hand he's dealt.

Second, just as you suggested I don't see LaRussa being willing or able to put together a monster roster of talent.  I see him putting together a roster full of Jose Oquendos and Skip Schumakers along with a half dozen of Steve Ontiveros on his pitching staff .  With that in mind, his manager must be as talented as LaRussa was at pulling strings of middle-of-the-road contributors and getting the maximum performance out of them.  That was LaRussa'a bread and butter -- take a guy everybody else cast off and turning him into a one- or two-year wonder.  That's a tall order for about 99% of most Major League managers.

I'm not saying LaRussa can't be a good GM.  I'm simply suggesting he could be very taxing on his staff because in the back of his mind he knows he could do better and might unknowingly put way too much pressure on his manager and on-the-field staff.



Since: Sep 3, 2011
Posted on: February 24, 2012 2:29 am
 

Will La Russa return to baseball as a GM?

Don't think there's anything surprising there Mr.Knobbler. Tony LaRusa all but hung out a for hire sign on his chest when he retired, was discussing that he wanted to continue in baseball in a different job. Don't think he was talking about being the bat boy.Somehow think he would make a great GM as well, would be very interesting to see the make up of his team, full compliment of versatile part time players, low budget, and a chance towin, would be great for the Pirates or Padres!


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