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Old 10-31-2011, 09:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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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.
"I think this just feels like it's time to end it," the 67-year-old La Russa said 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.
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ST. LOUIS -- 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.

"I think this just feels like it's time to end it," the 67-year-old La Russa said 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 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 the personal attachments, I feel good," La Russa said. "I feel good that this is the right decision."

La Russa said there wasn't a single factor that led to his decision, but he began having doubts about returning for 2012 midway through the season. In late August he told general manager John Mozeliak and other team officials.

La Russa said the timing of those discussions -- about the time the Cardinals appeared to be out of wild card contention before their miraculous run -- was pure coincidence. He said he simply felt it was time to go, a feeling that didn't change even as the Cardinals squeaked into the playoffs on the final day of the season, then upset the Phillies, Brewers and Rangers.

He spoke with little emotion at the news conference with one exception, when he paused to compose himself as he thanked his wife, Elaine, and two daughters for putting up without him over much of the past 33 years. But he did say his meeting with players after Sunday's parade and celebration was short but emotional.

"Some grown men cried," La Russa said, then he joked, "I kind of liked that because they made me cry a few times."

Mozeliak said work is under way to find a new manager for the first time since La Russa was hired prior to the 1996 season. A search committee will be formed. Mozeliak did not speculate on how long the process might take.

La Russa answered flatly, "No," when asked if he'll ever manage again. He also said he had no plans to be a general manager, but said he is open to some sort of baseball job in the future.

"Maybe open a book store," he said.
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Re: La Russa wins title, retires after 33 years

He had told Cardinals management in late August he thought it would be the end for him. He told the players yesterday after the celebration (per Kyle McClellan on the radio).
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Best way to go out!
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Congrats to Tony, great end to a phenomenal career. FSU law grad.
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Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa, Joe Torre, Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas will all be HOF eligible in 2014
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this guy's a douchebag
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La Russa says you guys can kiss his rings.
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I won't argue that he is a good coach, but the dude is a douchebag. If I had a nickel for every time he decided to be a whiny bitch, I would be rich.
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The guy is probably the most disliked person in the game, he is constantly whining and bitching, he thinks he is the be all and all of the game. I dislike the St Louis Cardinals not because of any of their players, nor their success, but because this guy is just awful
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So much for thinking Pujols is going to return
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