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October 19, 2010
Tony La Russa will return for a 16th season in St.Louis after the manager and the Cardinals agreed Monday to a one-year contract with a mutual option for 2012. The Cardinals posted an 86-76 record this season under the 66-year-old La Russa and finished five games behind the National League Central champion Reds. "We are excited to have Tony returning and are looking forward to 2011," Cardinals Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr . said. "He has guided the team in one of the greatest eras in Cardinals history" — seven division titles, the 2004 NL pennant and the 2006 World Series championship.
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November 3, 2011
Go ask Albert Dave van Dyck Chicago Tribune Best choice? Whoever Albert wants. And that's being only half-facetious because if the Cardinals have any hope of keeping three-time MVP Albert Pujols, the new manager will have to be someone he likes/respects. The natural choice would be ex-Red Sox manager Terry Francona, especially given the last 31 years of Cardinals big-name managers (Whitey Herzog, Joe Torre, Tony La Russa). But staff holdover Jose Oquendo also makes sense because he knows the system.
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By Ken Rosenthal | September 25, 1992
Johnny Oates is considered a leading candidate for American League Manager of the Year, but he stated emphatically yesterday that the award should go to Oakland's Tony La Russa."
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By Phil Rogers, Tribune Newspapers | February 26, 2011
The Cardinals are looking to Kyle McClellan to replace Adam Wainwright , who will have Tommy John surgery. Manager Tony La Russa calls him a "real weapon" because he can get left-handed hitters out as well as right-handed hitters. La Russa points to Mitchell Boggs and Jason Motte as guys who can replace McClellan as setup men for Ryan Franklin. … After seeing them side by side, the Twins are leaning strongly toward playing Alexi Casilla at shortstop and Tsuyoshi Nishioka at second base.
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By San Francisco Chronicle | June 1, 1995
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Oakland Athletics manager Tony La Russa blew up at Ruben Sierra yesterday, blasting him as an "idiot" for comments he made in yesterday's Chronicle."
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October 22, 1990
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Esther Canseco had some unkind words for Oakland Athletics manager Tony La Russa after he benched Jose Canseco before Game 4 of the World Series."
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By Tom Keegan and Tom Keegan,Sun Staff Writer | October 13, 1994
Tony La Russa returned from his European vacation last night and Davey Johnson remained on his fishing trip.In short, there was not much new to report yesterday on the Orioles' managerial hunt front.Fifteen days after interviewing the first two candidates for the managing vacancy created when Johnny Oates was fired, the Orioles still have not announced a list of finalists."We had a short general discussion, but there is nothing to report yet," Orioles general manager Roland Hemond said.None of the nine candidates interviewed for the job had been told they were eliminated from contention as of last night, Hemond said.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,Sun Staff Writer | July 4, 1994
Might as well wrap up the AL Manager of the Year trophy right now and send it to Tony La Russa. No matter what happens the rest of the way, he has done a tremendous job to keep the banged-up A's from quitting on the 1994 season. They were left for dead a month ago but have gone on a scorching run that has put them back in contention in the mild, mild American League West. Personnel-wise, it's still not a very good club, but it may not take much to get to the playoffs in that division. . . . Desperate situations call for desperate measures, which explains why the Texas Rangers recently signed veteran right-hander Tim Leary to help bolster their awful pitching staff.
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By KEN ROSENTHAL | September 25, 1995
It's no lock Tony La Russa would manage the Orioles next season. But if he doesn't, who will?Not Buck Showalter, who almost certainly would stay in New York if he led the Yankees to their first postseason appearance since 1981.And not Davey Johnson, who was passed over for this job last off-season and whose hiring would amount to the public admission of a mistake.Stature is perhaps the most important qualification for this job. La Russa, in many ways, is the perfect fit -- if he would work for Peter Angelos.
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By Ken Rosenthal | October 8, 1995
Tony La Russa isn't just a manager, he's a selling point.A selling point that could help the Orioles land Roberto Alomar.Alomar already has said he would like to play with Cal Ripken. And one of his agents, Tony Cabral, said Friday that the free-agent second baseman also would like to play for La Russa.Alomar could not be reached for comment, but he sent word through Cabral that he and La Russa have spoken in the past about the possibility of one day wearing the same uniform."He has definitely thought about playing for La Russa," Cabral said.
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October 19, 2010
Tony La Russa will return for a 16th season in St.Louis after the manager and the Cardinals agreed Monday to a one-year contract with a mutual option for 2012. The Cardinals posted an 86-76 record this season under the 66-year-old La Russa and finished five games behind the National League Central champion Reds. "We are excited to have Tony returning and are looking forward to 2011," Cardinals Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr . said. "He has guided the team in one of the greatest eras in Cardinals history" — seven division titles, the 2004 NL pennant and the 2006 World Series championship.
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By Dave van Dyck | September 5, 2010
For every feel-good story — you know, like the Rangers defying their bankruptcy sale, the Padres snubbing their noses at payroll constraints, the Braves throwing a going-away party for Bobby Cox, the Rays proving there is no roof on their talent, the Reds becoming the latest to spread the Magic Dusty — comes a corresponding one of despair and disappointment. While there are several good candidates for flop of the year — the Angels, Red Sox, Mariners, Cubs and Dodgers — our vote as the hands-down winner would be the Cardinals, even before their last-gasp weekend series against the Reds.
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By Peter Schmuck | July 2, 2010
News item: Orioles broadcaster and 1983 World Series MVP Rick Dempsey interviewed for the Orioles permanent managerial position on Thursday, the same day former Indians manager Eric Wedge came in for his second interview. My take: I guess you can't rule anything out, but the fact that owner Peter Angelos did not sit in on the Dempsey interview seems like a bad sign to me. My head says it will be Wedge, but my gut is starting to growl that it's Buck Showalter. News item: The Orioles called up third base prospect Josh Bell to fill the roster spot vacated by Luke Scott, but Bell may not be in the major leagues beyond this weekend.
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January 8, 2010
Mark McGwire is returning to baseball as the Cardinals' hitting coach. Could he also be making a cameo as a player? Manager Tony La Russa , in an interview with the Contra Costa Times, mentioned the possibility of putting McGwire on the team's active roster on Aug. 31 so he'd be eligible to play in the postseason, if the Cardinals are in the race. "If we're in contention, we'll put him on the roster. It's a nice little dream," La Russa said. "Is it likely? Probably not. But I don't think it's a zero possibility."
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October 26, 2009
Tony La Russa is returning to the St. Louis Cardinals as manager on a multiyear contract, sources told ESPN on Sunday, but there will be at least one change to his coaching staff. Sources said Hal McRae, the team's hitting coach, has been fired. Mark McGwire, the former Cardinals slugger, is expected to replace him. La Russa, 65, has been mulling his future since the National League Central-champion Cardinals were swept in the division series by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Oct. 10. His two-year, $8.5 million contract expires at the end of the month.
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By JEFF ZREBIEC | March 12, 2008
Always thinking outside the box, St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa had his starting pitcher, Todd Wellemeyer, hitting eighth ahead of veteran second baseman Adam Kennedy. He has done it before, with the rationale being it gives his No. 3 hitter, the extraordinary Albert Pujols, an opportunity to drive in more runs. Never mind that Pujols wasn't in the lineup yesterday. "Last time I remember anything like that was when listening to the old White Sox and Gary Peters used to hit sixth," Orioles manager Dave Trembley said.
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By Jim Henneman and Jim Henneman,Sun Staff Writer | July 9, 1994
If it works, don't change.The Oakland Athletics may have recorded a major-league first Thursday night because manager Tony La Russa followed that philosophy with his strategy.This one will require more than a little research, but it's doubtful that any team ever used seven relief pitchers in a game without any allowing a run. But that's what the A's did in a 6-4 win over the Orioles two nights ago.La Russa set the tone for this one early, using left-hander Vince Horsman to get one batter, Harold Baines, leading off the sixth inning.
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By TOM KEEGAN | September 25, 1994
Baseball's ultimate free agent departed Friday for a two-week vacation in England. Did he pack red socks or white socks? Was that an orange-and-black pair in there next to the green-and-gold ones?Nobody knows what color socks Tony La Russa packed for his two-week family vacation in England. La Russa knows how to keep a secret and duck a question with the best of them because he learned from the master, Orioles general manager Roland Hemond."Excuse me, Roland, what time is it?""Ah, it's difficult to say at this time."
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October 11, 2007
Good morning -- Tony La Russa -- How do you look in pinstripes?
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September 30, 2007
Did the Milwaukee Brewers really put retaliation ahead of a division race last week? They'll never admit it, but the rest of the baseball world has its suspicions. Trailing by a run against St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday, the Brewers saw the game slip away in the eighth inning. They allowed four runs during a rally that began when Milwaukee reliever Seth McClung apparently hit Albert Pujols as payback for Prince Fielder being drilled in the second. The Brewers lost, 7-3, preventing them from sweeping the Cardinals.
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