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Tony La Russa Returns to Baseball: Fan Reaction
Tony La Russa couldn't stay away from Major League Baseball for long. USA Today reported he was considering becoming a front office person for the Los Angeles Dodgers, but then Magic Johnson's group out-bid Steve Cohen. KTVI reported La Russa will write a book, due out this fall, called "One Last Strike."
La Russa's latest venture will be a job with Commissioner Bud Selig. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch states the job will be along the same lines as that of Joe Torre (another former Cardinal manager). Terms have not yet been disclosed nor has an official announcement been made.
La Russa's retirement from baseball lasted all of six months. After the 2011 World Series, he hung up his manager's uniform. Yet the fire in his belly for baseball apparently hasn't gone away. It's almost like the motto of the Marine Corps. "Once a Marine, always a Marine."
The same thing is true for La Russa. He's been around baseball his entire life. That kind of passion and experience for the game would be hard to let go just because of a career change. La Russa will be around the sport he loves in a higher administrative capacity with Selig. There won't be the high pressure of day-to-day operation of a Major League Baseball club. As La Russa gets older, he deserves to have a desk job that keeps him off his feet. The only time the former skipper needs to be walking is on the golf course.
The front office job in Los Angeles would have been too stressful. La Russa shouldn't have to be cleaning up Frank McCourt's mess. Instead, he legendary manager gets to do what all former managers do—step up in the world. Former players make great broadcasters. Former managers go to administrative jobs or to the golf course. La Russa chose the former.
His first official function will be attending Opening Day in Miami as the Miami Marlins host the (you guessed it) St. Louis Cardinals April 4 in the new downtown ballpark for Miami. As an administrator, La Russa must remain neutral but deep down inside, La Russa will always be a Cardinal.
Once a Cardinal, always a Cardinal.
William Browning was born in St. Louis and is a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan. He currently resides in Branson, Mo.
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