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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | April 3, 2004
JUPITER, Fla. - St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa knows all about perception and reality, which is why he isn't ready to go quietly into third place in the National League Central. The Cardinals were the team to beat last spring, but they finished third in a tight three-team race that was won by a team that had the 14th-best record in the league the year before. "In 2000, the Reds got [Ken] Griffey and the only thing everyone wanted to know is how many games they were going to win by," La Russa said.
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July 11, 2012
La Russa had big role Phil Rogers Chicago Tribune Given that neither the Rangers nor Cardinals play in Minnesota's Metrodome, home-field advantage wasn't that crucial in the 2011 World Series. The Cardinals didn't win because they got to play the last two games at Busch Stadium, although lots of people in Texas think that (and the Rangers' 1-5 record in road games the last two Series would seem to support that). St. Louis got its World Series parade because Tony La Russa outmanaged Ron Washington, and La Russa's players were incredibly clutch.
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August 25, 2002
On deck Randy Johnson of the Diamondbacks goes for his 19th victory today, facing the Cubs. He said it "The worst thing he could do was try to leg out an infield hit. It was stupid. I admire him, but it was stupid." Tony La Russa, Cardinals manager, on the play that put star starter Matt Morris on the DL with a strained hamstring
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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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July 28, 1999
Cardinals: Mark McGwire drew his NL-leading 13th intentional walk in the third inning. Tony La Russa did not manage the team, and has missed all or part of the last nine games with stomach irritation. McGwire has six homers in eight games against the Giants this season.Cubs: Henry Rodriguez missed his second straight start with a lower back strain. Rodriguez, who hasn't played since leaving Friday night's game in New York with a bruised rib, is day-to-day.
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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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August 18, 1998
Quote: "If we win six of nine the rest of the season, we will end up with a competitive record and we'll see where everybody else is." -- Manager Tony La Russa, whose Cardinals went 6-3 on their homestand.It's a fact: The Braves are 128-64 against the NL West since shifting to the East Division in 1994, including 27-17 against the Dodgers.Who's hot: The Braves bullpen had a 1.88 ERA on the recent nine-game road trip.Who's not: The Padres' Steve Finley is hitless in 20 at-bats.On deck: Rain gives the Mets three doubleheaders in four days: today against the Rockies and Thursday and Friday against the fTC Cardinals.
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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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By Phil Rogers | December 13, 2009
Bobby Cox isn't normally a one-word answer guy. But he wasn't in a real expansive mood during this exchange last week. "How many rocking chairs are you going to get?" a reporter asked. "None," the Braves manager answered. They were speaking about Cox's transition from the dugout into retirement, which is expected to happen after the 2010 season. But for Cox and others in a distinguished group of 60-somethings, life after managing is a sensitive subject. Joe Torre, Tony La Russa, Lou Piniella, Jim Leyland, Cito Gaston and Cox have combined to manage 138 seasons, winning 11,216 games and 21 pennants.
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By DAN CONNOLLY | March 30, 2008
He's 36. He's brittle, pitching in just five games last season. And he has made 30 or more starts only three times in his past nine seasons. But when healthy, he can dominate, especially in a pitchers' park such as Shea Stadium. If Pedro is Pedro, the Mets will cruise into the National League playoffs as the favorites behind the 1-2 punch of newly acquired ace Johan Santana and Martinez. But if Pedro can't sustain his health, the Mets come back to the rest of the pack. Here's betting Pedro bounces back with 15 wins after combining for just 12 the past two years.
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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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August 7, 2004
Who's hot Jose Guillen of the Angels has hit safely in 19 of 22 games and is batting .351 (27-for-77) since the All-Star break. Who's not The Brewers have lost four in a row and 14 of 18 to fall six games below .500 for the first time this season. Line of the day Hideki Matsui, Yankees LF AB R H RBI HR 5 2 3 6 2 He said it "There's some good times ahead - where to hit him, where to play him, how much to play him." Tony La Russa, Cardinals manager, after the team acquired three-time NL batting champ Larry Walker On deck Greg Maddux of the Cubs tries again for his 300th win, facing the Giants.
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By Peter Schmuck and Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | April 3, 2004
JUPITER, Fla. - St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa knows all about perception and reality, which is why he isn't ready to go quietly into third place in the National League Central. The Cardinals were the team to beat last spring, but they finished third in a tight three-team race that was won by a team that had the 14th-best record in the league the year before. "In 2000, the Reds got [Ken] Griffey and the only thing everyone wanted to know is how many games they were going to win by," La Russa said.
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