Nov 5, 2011; San Francisco CA, USA; St. Louis Cardinals former manager Tony LaRussa on the sidelines during the second quarter between the California Golden Bears and the Washington State Cougars at AT

Tony LaRussa will not come out of retirement to manage Reds

Despite his ties to Cincinnati Reds general manager Walt Jocketty, former St. Louis Cardinals’ skipper Tony LaRussa says he will not come out of retirement to manage again, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Since firing manager Dusty Baker on October 6, following an abrupt exit from the postseason, Cincinnati has had a managerial vacancy to fill. Baker went 509-463 as the Reds’ skipper over the course of six seasons, which included three 90-win seasons and three postseason appearances in the last four years, but ownership reportedly believed this was a World Series-caliber team.

Jocketty said that there was plenty of blame to go around for the team’s disappointing finish, but part of that blame did, indeed, belong to Baker.

Although he’s the one that ran the club every day, there are a lot of areas we can look at that could be to blame here, including the front office, the players, the coaching staff. It’s not only just Dusty.

LaRussa began his managerial career with the Chicago White Sox in 1979, spending eight years in Chicago before heading west to man the helm of the Oakland Athletics for a decade. Lastly, he took over the managerial post of the St. Louis Cardinals, guiding the team to a pair of World Series titles – one in 2006, the other in 2011 – his final season managing.

With over 2,700 career managerial wins, it’s no secret why Jocketty hoped to lure LaRussa out of retirement. He had established himself as one of the game’s best managers years ago and always had a knack for pushing teams that were ‘good’ to that next level.

He won six pennants and three World Series titles during his career, but it appears as if Tony LaRussa will ride off into the sunset with a World Series title in his final season in baseball. Can you really blame him?

Tags: Chicago White Sox Cincinnati Reds MLB Oakland Athletics St. Louis Cardinals Tony LaRussa

  • metalhead65

    as a Reds fan I say thank God! they are called the Cincinnati Reds not cardinals. they do not need this smug pompous I invented baseball jerk in charge. they can become an elite team without everything about the owners former team being involved. they need to go with a younger guy with a take charge attitude and will not stand for the oh well attitude they played with under baker. they need someone who make a lineup out and stick with it instead of changing it everyday and playing matchup ball. if you have a 3 hit game you will be playing the next day no matter who is on the mound. one that will have a lineup that features the best hitters no matter what side of the plate they hit from. in other words it’s ok that votto and bruce hit back to back and that you can have someone that can actually hit batting second whether they are fast or not. they need someone who can tell when it is time to take a pitcher out whether he has reached a magical pitch count or not, instead of being sent out for 1 more inning to be pounded and lose the lead. they need quality guys on the bench and not washed up former ex-cards and other teams rejects like they have used for years. no more izturus and hanahan types, pay the money and get guys who can still play the game and are happy with that role. I think hiring a guy like Paul Oniel would be a great idea experience or not. he would not tolerate guys loafing and not giving anything but 100 percent. no way would he keep sending guys out there who are not doing the job they are paid to do.

    • Jamie

      keep on being a loser reds fan!