From Local Fox19:

Tony La Russa retired as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday, three days after winning a dramatic, seven-game World Series against the Texas Rangers.

The 67-year-old La Russa announced his retirement at a news conference at Busch Stadium.

The World Series win over Texas was the third of La Russa’s 33-year career. The manager guided the Cardinals to the championship despite being 10 1/2 games behind Atlanta on Aug. 25 for the final playoff spot in the National League.

La Russa retires third on the all-time wins list, 35 behind second-place John McGraw. In addition to this season, he won championships in Oakland in 1989 and St. Louis in 2006.

“Other than some of personal attachments, I feel good,” La Russa said. “I feel good that this is the right decision.”

Love him or hate him…and I believe I know which side most citizens of “The Nation” fall, he was successful.

I’ve been a Reds fan since the late ’60’s, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in ’84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in ’90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.

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  1. My biggest problems with LaRussa: Drunk driving, an almost unforgivable sin. And his double standards on the unwritten rules of baseball. It also kind of irks me as a Reds fan that Pete can’t have anything to do with MLB but McGwire gets hired as a coach by LaRussa with little to no resistance at all from MLB.

  2. LaRussa did it his way, and don’t let other people try to emulate him. I think he was lucky by being in “bash brothers” land and with Albert Pujols and a pretyy decent club in St. Louis. He was pretty much nothing in Chicago, except for one season when he had a pretty good team and two 20-game winners.
    Look at his 1993 A’s, when McGwire waas hurt and Canseco was gone. Down year by Eck and shit pitching.
    He had great teams in St. Louis, always replacing parts with big names. He hasn’t done anything with nothing, Like Joe Maddon.

  3. So… all in favor of shifting our angst over to Chicago and Theo again say “aye.”

  4. Ladies and gentlemen, the next manager of your Cincinnati Reds: Tony LaRussa.

    • Chad: Ladies and gentlemen, the next manager of your Cincinnati Reds: Tony LaRussa.

      Interesting thought. Like him or not, he’d be a big upgrade for the Reds.

  5. I can’t wait to see how the next manager deals with Carpenter’s tantrums and Pujol’s perceived headhunting by opposing pitchers. The halfhearted defense of those two will make for comedic gold……..almost as funny as Dusty’s lineup explanations.

  6. @Matt WI: My “angst” has always been towards chicago and it always will be towards chicago

  7. Probably decreases the likelihood of Pujols staying in St. Louis.

  8. @Chad Dotson:

    Unlike most, I would not have any issue with that at all. A proven winner…

  9. @dn4192: How you win is just as important.

    • @Y-City Jim
      : How you win is just as important.

      Outside of injuring other players to win or straight up cheating, I don’t care what they do to win and neither do fans.

  10. I don’t like LaRussa and his tendency to overmanage. But I respect him. And you’ve got to respect how he’s going out, a WS winner.

  11. I’ll bet that Dave Duncan leaves too. He’s worked with Tony for what, 20 years? He may not want to restart with a new guy, unless they hire someone who’s already on the coaching staff. But, with his wife in poor health, I could see him leaving.

    Those two losses would be big to the Cardinals; Tony obviously had the guys playing well under him and he pushed all the right buttons. Still, they’ll be in good shape next year, though I wonder how they’ll change with a new leader.

    I also wonder how this will affect our rivalry with them, if at all. Hopefully, less whining and more baseball.

    As for Tony managing the Reds, I don’t see it happening while Phillips or Cueto are here. That would be way too awkward. Plus, if you remember over the summer Tony called out Castellini and Jocketty for not publicly refuting Phillips’s comments (I find it hilarious that they never responded to Tony, lol).

  12. Oquendo (current third base coach and player for the Cardinals) has been suggested as a possible replacement, and would appear to be a good candidate if they choose to promote from within. Might also avoid some of the problems that accompany transitions like this.

    This certainly doesn’t increase the likelihood of Pujols re-signing with the Cardinals, but I don’t think it makes that big of a deal one way or the other.

  13. Sorry, Oquendo is the current third base coach and a *former* player for the Cardinals.

  14. I think Duncan is the bigger loss, he’s reclaimed the careers of how many pitchers?
    Chad’s comment about LaRussa being the next Reds manager made me throw up in my mouth. A lot.

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About Bill Lack

I've been a Reds fan since the late '60's, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in '84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in '90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.

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