Tony La Russa Retires

Tony La Russa is retiring after 33 seasons as a manager, and he's going out on top.  He told reporters his decision today at a press conference, three days after his Cardinals won the World Series.  La Russa captured three World Championships in his career and won Manager of the Year four times.  He managed the White Sox, Athletics, and Cardinals in a career that began in 1979.  Prior to that, La Russa played six seasons in the Majors as a middle infielder.


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157 Comments on "Tony La Russa Retires"


gocrazy
3 years 10 months ago

Thanks for the championships, Tony!

stl_cards16
3 years 10 months ago

I’m in shock.  Tony has managed the team since I was 10 years old.  It’s going to feel strange next season. 

But yes, thanks for the memories Tony.  You will forever be a part of Cardinal baseball.

chico65
3 years 10 months ago

Didn’t expect this at all but who can argue with going out on top?

5_tool_MiLB_fool
3 years 10 months ago

i wonder how colby rasmus must feel about everything that has happened the last few days

3 years 10 months ago

Why? He still gets a ring…..

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 10 months ago

I always wondered how players felt about that. Sure he gets the ring but no thrill of the postseason experience.

Lunchbox45
3 years 10 months ago

i’m sure those are the rings that end up on ebay, they have no emotional attachment to the ring

chico65
3 years 10 months ago

I think they may have an emotional attachment to them, just a negative one.  That’s got to be one of the worst feelings, seeing the team that just got rid of you win it all.

3 years 10 months ago

Pawn stars baby.

Daniel Stout
3 years 10 months ago

Do you really think that he is going to be proud of that ring? He may have it, but is most certainly NOT a part of the 2011 World Series champions.

Cards_Fanboy
3 years 10 months ago

If it wasn’t for Colby, the Cards wouldn’t have gotten the players to
win it this year.  He deserves a ring because of that, even though he
wasn’t there in the post-season.  Probably not something he’ll be too proud of though.

3 years 10 months ago

yes but did not deserve it…

Lunchbox45
3 years 10 months ago

 its probably easier to watch a team win a championship after being traded

then watching them win a championship from the bench

Daniel Stout
3 years 10 months ago

I would think that ANY ballplayer would rather win on the bench than from another team. Do you really think that Colby Rasmus jumped around his living room like Adron Chambers jumped around the field at Busch Stadium? If he did, he is truly the loser that I believe him to be.

Lunchbox45
3 years 10 months ago

I’m not sure what you mean… i just meant that being part of a championship team as a 24 year old and not playing, knowing your manager doesn’t like you and not really feeling a part of the team, I dont see how that would have been so wonderful for Colby to experience. 

MB923
3 years 10 months ago

Great managerial career Tony. Next stop, Hall of Fame.

Guest
3 years 10 months ago

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

3 years 10 months ago

wow

Steven D
3 years 10 months ago

Congrats Tony on a World Championship. Nice way to go out on top.

schellis
3 years 10 months ago

Makes you wonder if he knows that Pujols likely isn’t coming back.

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
3 years 10 months ago

I doubt one thing has to do with another. LaRussa has pretty much proven everything he can as a manager, is a lock for the Hall, and gets to say he’s going out after a historic run.

Side question… so who manages the NL all star team next year?

Lunchbox45
3 years 10 months ago

it would still be La Russa..

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
3 years 10 months ago

Even if he’s retired?

Lunchbox45
3 years 10 months ago

I googled it because I was curious as well, and their is some precedent of retired/not currently employed managers coming back to manage the all star game..

The honour is given to the coach, not the team so its his to decline.

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
3 years 10 months ago

Makes sense. Thanks.

The_BiRDS
3 years 10 months ago

The new Cardinals manager.

3 years 10 months ago

This is actually the one thing that pretty definitively won’t happen. When a manager earns the right to manage the All-Star Game, and for whatever reason cannot represent the team with which he reached the World Series, the league has sometimes permitted them to manage representing their new team, and sometimes selected the next in line to have managed in the World Series, but they have never once permitted the new manager of the team that won to manage in the All-Star Game.

3 years 10 months ago

Wikipedia has a list of some unusual circumstances, and how they were handled. The right to manage the All-Star team goes to the manager, not the team, so (for example) when Dusty Baker managed the Giants to the World Series, and then went to the Cubs, Baker still managed the NL. Similarly, when Dick Williams resigned from the A’s in 73, and became Angels manager for ’74, he managed the AL.

In 1979, Bob Lemon managed the AL team after being fired from the Yankees in the offseason, but in 1982, when Lemon was again fired (midseason), Billy Martin, manager of the AL runner-up A’s, managed the team.

After 1964, both managers left their teams and went to the opposite league. Johnny Keane left the Cardinals to manage the Yankees, Yogi Berra left the Yankees to manage the Mets. Rather than manage either the league they left or the one they joined, MLB chose the managers of the second-place teams, Al Lopez of the White Sox and Gene Mauch of the Phillies (who actually were tied with the Reds, but the Reds’ manager in 1964, Fred Hutchinson, had died in the off-season, so they selected Mauch without any further discussion.)

Also, in the first All-Star game, before it was expected to be an annual thing, they chose not the previous WS winners, but the two men regarded as the most venerable managers in the game: Connie Mack and John McGraw, who actually came out of retirement to manage that game.

All this is by way of saying that it’s up to MLB, and then Tony LaRussa. If they’re willing, and he’s interested, LaRussa may be permitted to come out of retirement on a one-game only basis, and manage the All-Star Team. If they do not permit it, or LaRussa is disinclined to do so, Ron Roenicke will likely manage the team in LaRussa’s stead.

alxn
3 years 10 months ago

I have to think that they won’t let that happen. If they let a retired guy with no vesting interest manage the NL team with home field advantage in the World Series on the line, the all-star game will become even more of a joke than it already is.

3 years 10 months ago

Maybe Selig will manage the NL side this year.

chico65
3 years 10 months ago

I don’t think Pujols’ decision would influence Tony’s, but Tony’s has got to have an influence on Pujols’.

Shu13
3 years 10 months ago

I agree….TLR’s decision is for sure going to influence Pujols…atleast how much $$ he will accept to return….

stl_cards16
3 years 10 months ago

They said Tony actually decided this awhile back.  It’s just time for him to go.

3 years 10 months ago

Thank you Tony for everything you’ve done for baseball! Great to see him ride off into the sunset on top. That’s the way to go.

3 years 10 months ago

Thank you God! :)

But seriously Tony really got on my nerves a lot, but he still brought 2 championships here so I thank him for that. Way to go out on top too.

$1742854
3 years 10 months ago

I hope you can be a little less smug during your retirement years.

3 years 10 months ago

He was a crazy, crazy man but he won and left riding off into the sunset.

leberquesgue
3 years 10 months ago

What is the procedure for managers entering the HoF? Same five year waiting period? Or are they decided by the Veterans’ Committee?

3 years 10 months ago

This job is Oquendo’s.

3 years 10 months ago

I rather hope not.  I realize Oquendo is a fan favorite from the late 80’s, but I don’t agree with a lot of his decisions as third base coach (which is the only kind of decision making you can solely judge him on).

It’s also telling that whenever LaRussa was out with shingles, suspended, or thrown out, he placed his bench coach in charge of the team ahead of Oquendo.  Some might argue it’s because he doesn’t want to put a base coach in charge, but he’s done it in the past with Rene Lachemann.

Just something to think about.  I personally hope they can get Joe Maddon, but I think he has an option with TB and they will want compensation.

Lanidrac
3 years 10 months ago

Oquendo is generally recognized as a great 3B coach. He recognizes that you need to be agressive most of the time and gets us a lot more runs from his agressiveness than we lose from somebody being thrown out at the plate.

3 years 10 months ago

This is one of the best spots in baseball for a manager.  I wonder who is next, I would like to see a young up and comer over a guy that was around a while.

stl_cards16
3 years 10 months ago

The secret weapon!!

3 years 10 months ago

As long as Big Mac comes back.  I assume they are going to be looking for a pitching coach as well.

Triteon
3 years 10 months ago

That probably has more to do with what happens with Jeanine Duncan in the off-season.

Triteon
3 years 10 months ago

Super Joe is also out there.

Tom R
3 years 10 months ago

The X Factor!  David Eckstein.  Definitely won’t happen and would probably be a train wreck.  But, it would still be interesting to see. 

Wainwrights_Curveball
3 years 10 months ago

Mike Matheny

3 years 10 months ago

Gotta wonder now if the Cards want to consult with Albert and how this could impact him returning.

stl_cards16
3 years 10 months ago

I would say yes, but I think Albert’s #1 guy would be the same as the Cardinals.  I’m fairly confident Jose Oquendo will be the next manager.  Albert is very close with him and he seems to be the next in line.

The_BiRDS
3 years 10 months ago

Doesnt matter… Im sure if Tony knew about this weeks ago, Pujols did too. Either way Albert knew he is going to play for a new manager next year.

Andrew
3 years 10 months ago

I heard he’s going to make five pitching changes and go drunk driving to celebrate.

stl_cards16
3 years 10 months ago

Way to show some class, Andrew.

slole1
3 years 10 months ago

Classy just like Tony? 

gtl11
3 years 10 months ago

Ending your HOF career just a handful of games shy of 2nd place all-time after a historic WS run is pretty damn classy, actually.

slole1
3 years 10 months ago

So is drinking and driving. Keeping it very classy…

3 years 10 months ago

because you have never done that before hypocrite

3 years 10 months ago

Classy?

Yeah, you wouldn’t want to show up 138-year-old John McGraw.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 10 months ago

That’s not class. Roger Clemens won over 300 games and is near the top of the strikeout charts… is he classy?

It’s success and excellence, which Tony had a lot of.

Tony has a lot of character flaws but I’m sure a lot of people who don’t like him also do. Ultimately, people are going to remember him for being a Hall of Fame Manager, not drunk driving (which is horrible and really inexcusable).

Was he a classy individual? Debatable. He did a lot of things that I personally dislike and found irritating, but other than the drunk driving, I wouldn’t consider anything he’s done classless.

Andrew
3 years 10 months ago

Way to defend a convicted drunk driver, dude on the internet.

stl_cards16
3 years 10 months ago

I’m sure you have just as many flaws as Tony.  Just nobody cares about you so it doesn’t matter or get made public.

cubsfan97
3 years 10 months ago

Seriously dude, show some respect.  Hes accomplished more in the last month than you ever will. 

Andrew
3 years 10 months ago

Why should I show respect to a proven drunk driver? I would react the same way if a Cub were to get a DUI, join the Tea Party and make every single baseball game last a bajillion hours. I hate Tony LaRussa, think he’s a huge piece of trash and I know I’m not alone in that opinion.

Guest
3 years 10 months ago

Yeah but at the end of the day he’ll be in the baseball HOF and all you’ll have is the chlamydia infection you got from a prostitute while working your day job at the Walmart loading dock. Perspective. People make mistakes.

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 10 months ago

It’s not often I say this to you. Nice zinger.

Andrew
3 years 10 months ago

Perspective? What are you talking about? What I have at the end of the day is a girlfriend who loves me, a good job and a nice house to live in.

And yeah, people make mistakes, but that doesn’t mean I have to forgive or respect them.

BlueSkyLA
BlueSkyLA
3 years 10 months ago

My Life is Good and Yours Sucks.™

alxn
3 years 10 months ago

No, you don’t. But it just makes you look like a douche. To each his own.

FrankTheFunkasaurusRex
3 years 10 months ago

I don’t really get what’s classless about pointing out TLR’s DUI.

gtl11
3 years 10 months ago

I don’t think it’s classless, but let me put it this way: will people be talking about Derek Lowe’s DUI when he retires? What about Ron Washington’s coke habit? People remember the DUI for Larussa because they don’t like him. He was arrested with a BAC of .08. If he had drank a couple less sips of wine all we would have heard was an embarrassing story about how he fell asleep at a traffic light. Instead it’s “OMG he’s a total alcoholic!!!”. People who still talk about his DUI do so simply because they don’t like him, not because it’s a relevant way of judging him as a human being.

Andrew
3 years 10 months ago

That’s definitely a valid point (although he blew a .09-something when they took him in, so he was a good deal over the limit) and I appreciate you putting it in an eloquent way. 

I have always disliked Tony LaRussa for just about every reason possible, and yeah, it does make me more likely to bring up something like his DUI. At the same time, I think it’s stupid to act like he was the greatest guy ever just because he managed in the majors.  When Derek Lowe retires I could definitely see making a DUI joke, and the same goes for Ron Washington. They’re people that are in a position to serve as role models and, while lapses in judgement are part of the human condition, I don’t understand why I’m apparently not allowed to consider those mistakes as part of my view of them as a person. He had a great career as a manager, and nobody can ever take that away from him, but that doesn’t mean making a joke about him is out of line.

stl_cards16
3 years 10 months ago

Delete. Not doing it

Andrew
3 years 10 months ago

And I get sick of people saying “They get paid to win so why should they worry about being role models?” As figures who are respected, shouldn’t they take into consideration the fact that things that they do will be imitated? I’m not saying they have to be perfect people all the time, but that’s a gigantic mistake to make when you’re in a role that people look up to. A month after Tony’s DUI, what’s-his-name on the Cards died while driving under the influence; are you REALLY so naïve as to think that Tony’s little incident is completely unrelated? I’m not trying to “make it like he killed someone,” but he easily could have, and that’s why I don’t respect him. If I had proof that guys on the Cubs were drinking and driving I would immediately stop respecting them, too. This isn’t a team rivalry thing, it’s a “this guy seems pretty crappy based on a lot of factors and I don’t like him” thing.

Christ, I didn’t think making a simple joke would open up the flood gates so badly.

Casor_Greener
3 years 10 months ago

If it had been somebody stl-cards disliked he would be right there with you dogging him.  People give out passes to athletes/stars they like and crucify the one they don;t like.  

RARELY is somebody a fair judge of character

stl_cards16
3 years 10 months ago

“RARELY is somebody a fair judge of character”

yet you judge my character over the freaking internet. You look back thru all of my comments on MLBTR and you come tell me how many times I have talked about anyones off the field issues.

TartanElk
3 years 10 months ago

I like Ron Washington, for some reason, yet I still make fun of the whole coke thing. It’s just too good to pass up. I’ve had my problems with illicit substances, so it’s even more fun for me!

I don’t like Tony as a person. He’s just awful. I don’t make fun of his DUI because I hate him, I do it because it gives me great jokes such as, “Watch out for TLR, Furcal and Freese on the road tonight.”

3 years 10 months ago

They are probably Cubs fans.  Jesus could be the manager and never lost a game, they would still have something bad to say.

cubsfan97
3 years 10 months ago

Dont judge all Cubs fans like that.  Most I cannot stand, but Im in the very limited few that like LaRussa.  Think of it this way, LaRussa started the one inning closer.  Without LaRussa, Eckersly probably never made the HOF, and Mariano probably aint the greatest closer ever cause hed be expected to pitch 2-3 for every save.

Daniel Stout
3 years 10 months ago

Just because you are not alone, does not mean you are correct. This is one of the greatest minds in the history of the game. I learned a long time ago to not throw someone under the bus because of one mistake. He did it. It was a HUGE mistake. He apologized, faced a judge and has not done it since. I do believe that he deserves some credit for this.

Andrew
3 years 10 months ago

I cheated on my girlfriend once, apologized and I haven’t done it since, do I deserve credit for that? I never said the guy didn’t have a brilliant take on the game of baseball, that fact is indisputable, but I don’t agree that he “deserves credit” for admitting that he put everyone else driving at that time in a lot of danger because he couldn’t get a cab with his millions of dollars.

3 years 10 months ago

hypocrite

highski
3 years 10 months ago

Grow up.

3 years 10 months ago

Yawn.

cam39
3 years 10 months ago

Good spot for Francona.

jps3k5
3 years 10 months ago

Maybe Terry Francona?

chico65
3 years 10 months ago

You and cam39 have some sort of ESP or something?

highski
3 years 10 months ago

Though he is under contract for 2012, perhaps Joe Maddon could be a potential target.

slole1
3 years 10 months ago

More time to go drive drunk now and more time to work on that lifetime supply of Just For Men. Regardless of what people say, the guy won 1 steroid fueled championship (at least), and was one of the biggest whiners the game has ever seen. 

Hopefully he can direct all of his new time to working on his stray Animal Foundation – you know to help animals rather then people (smug conservative POS).

One of the most dishonest men in baseball I ever came across and yeah he was a good manager, but as a person he is horrible and will get his in the end.

twenty1thirteen
3 years 10 months ago

“One of the most dishonest men in baseball I ever came across and yeah he was a good manager, but as a person he is horrible and will get his in the end.”

I mean he is a licensed attorney and a supporter of the Tea Party. Just sayin’.

$1639238
3 years 10 months ago

Seeing that he if BFFs with Bruce Springsteen and runs a pretty animal shelters, I’m willing to take him at his word that he was just too stupid to know who Glenn Beck was when he introduced Pujols at that rally.

$7562574
3 years 10 months ago

dunderhead!

chaifetz10
3 years 10 months ago

It was always assumed Oquendo would be next in line for the job…hopefully that is still the case

3 years 10 months ago

I hear that Oquendo is going to Manage, 1st base coach, 3rd base coach, pitching and bench all in one game.