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La Russa expected to return to Cards

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Chi City 81, Oct 20, 2007.

  1. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    This doesn't surprise me. He has it made in St. Louis, where "baseball's greatest fans" think he does no wrong.

    La Russa expects to return for 13th season with Cardinals

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — Cardinals manager Tony La Russa expects to return for a 13th season with St. Louis, and may commit to the team before it selects a new general manager.
    La Russa told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he'd be back barring complications in discussions with team chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. His three-year deal expired at the end of the season.
    ``The fact that we're talking pretty much daily and everything is progressing tells you where it's heading and where we'd like it to end up,'' La Russa said in a story that appeared in Saturday's editions. ``Obviously, that's assuming nothing falls through the cracks.''
    La Russa left a message for The Associated Press on Saturday saying he was only talking to the Post-Dispatch about his situation.
    La Russa told the newspaper he has not delayed his decision to gauge possible interest from the New York Yankees, who parted ways with manager Joe Torre on Thursday.
    ``I'm talking to Bill because that's where I want to be,'' the 63-year-old La Russa said. ``Frankly, I'm offended the question is even being asked.''
    La Russa said he may sign before a replacement is found for former GM Walt Jocketty because of concerns entering free agency.
    ``If you wait until someone is hired, a player or two we have interest in could have headed down another road,'' La Russa said. ``You take some of this on faith. But I'm glad Bill has confided in me.''
    La Russa last year became the franchise's winningest manager, and in 2006 led the Cardinals to their first World Series title since 1982.
    DeWitt said earlier in the week that the Cardinals might wait until after the World Series to name a new GM. The Post-Dispatch said Cleveland Indians assistant GM Chris Antonetti is among the team's candidates.
    John Mozeliak, interim GM under Jocketty the last five seasons, is the lone in-house candidate. Mozeliak previously interviewed for GM openings with the Reds and Astros.
  2. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Re: LaRussa expected to return to Cards

    Guy was an interim GM for five years?? I suspect not.
  3. Claws for Concern

    Claws for Concern Active Member

    Re: LaRussa expected to return to Cards

    Cardinals pitchers who want to hit in the eighth spot in the lineup rejoice!
  4. mike311gd

    mike311gd Active Member

    The only way I think he'll leave St. Louis is if Jocketty gets hired for a team that needs a manager.
  5. joe

    joe Active Member

    Doc, god love ya, you have no idea what most Cardinal fans think of La Russa. As I have said before, we tolerate him. Love ain't even in the same ballpark.
    Carry on.
  6. old_tony

    old_tony Well-Known Member

    Now that is an interesting tidbit in an AP story.
  7. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    I lived in St. Louis for two years, joe. Perhaps attitudes have changed, but back in '02-'03 they thought he walked on water. The outpouring of support after his DUI makes me think nothing has changed.
  8. joe

    joe Active Member

    I've never met, talked to or even seen any of those kind of St. Louis fans. Every Cardinals fan I know thinks the guy is a dick of the first order.
  9. zeke12

    zeke12 Guest

    My experience with Cardinals fans was that they worshipped LaRussa, FWIW.
  10. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    My first-hand experience with Cards fans -- and Joe wasn't the only one ;D -- was that La Russa's arrogance was tolerable as long as the Cards were within reach of ending the championship drought.

    Love and worship in the 'Lou? That goes to Pujols.
  11. Chi City 81

    Chi City 81 Guest

    I guess we'll have to agree to disagree.
  12. zeke12

    zeke12 Guest

    Fixed your post.
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