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09:31 AM ET 07.24 | Cardinals manager Tony La Russa, who is in the final year of his contract again, was asked before Friday's game how he handles speculation he would be a candidate to succeed Lou Piniella with the Cubs. "Just ignore it," he said.

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July 24, 2010  09:50 AM ET

Yeah, ignore it. A manager is only as good as his players. Pinheadniella had his chance and he couldn't get a good Cubs team past the Dbacks or Dodgers. It's going to take a few years before this team can contend again. Time to back up the truck and unload some aging players who've seen their best years and give the young guys a shot.

July 24, 2010  10:12 AM ET

As if any other team wants those aging players. The Cubbies will have to pay big money to get them hauled away as toxic waste.

July 24, 2010  10:21 AM ET

As long as the team has alcohol, LaRussa would be interested. This guy is a lush.

July 24, 2010  10:53 AM ET

LaRussa has a cushy situation in St. Louis. Can you imagine the microscope his overmanaging would be under in Chicago? I can only imagine the headlines the first time he runs out of pitchers in an extra inning game & has to put Derek Lee in to pitch, all because he used four of his pitchers to pitch to one batter each.

July 24, 2010  11:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

As long as the team has alcohol, LaRussa would be interested. This guy is a lush.

What a constructive comment.

July 24, 2010  11:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

As if any other team wants those aging players. The Cubbies will have to pay big money to get them hauled away as toxic waste.

You'd know all about toxic waste and toxic shock syndrome, too.

July 24, 2010  11:56 AM ET

So, LaRussa denied he had any idea Mark McGwire was sticking needles in his a## between at bats.

July 24, 2010  12:03 PM ET

I just don't see him leaving St. Louis to go to Chicago?? Although Chicago is a great sports town, St. Louis is a AWESOME baseball town. He isn't going anywhere.

July 24, 2010  12:03 PM ET

Sure, because anytime you can trade a perennial contender with the game's best player and three good starters for an underachieving bunch of psychotics and an "ace" of who...Ted Lilly?...you gotta make that move.

July 24, 2010  12:10 PM ET

Yesterday, there was no truth to Girardi going to the Cubs, today it's LaRussa. I guess they're working their way around the horn.

July 24, 2010  12:42 PM ET
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Yesterday, there was no truth to Girardi going to the Cubs, today it's LaRussa. I guess they're working their way around the horn.

When do you think Bobby V enters the mix??

July 24, 2010  12:53 PM ET

tony la russa said lou piniella its like his brother, ain't pretend to take over his place!!!

July 24, 2010  04:36 PM ET

He just won't say because the Cubs and Cards are in the same division and they are rivials. Let's wait until the seasons over then we will see who goes where.

July 24, 2010  07:17 PM ET
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He just won't say because the Cubs and Cards are in the same division and they are rivials. Let's wait until the seasons over then we will see who goes where.

You're dreaming. LaRussa likes to win, not be humiliated.

July 24, 2010  07:54 PM ET

Piniella is the ONLY Cubs Manager to have 3 consecutive winning seasons since 1930!!!!! Cubs aren't a winning organization. The Cardinals are perennial contenders with younger and better talent for next year. Tough decision for LaRussa... have a chance to retire as a Champion or Manage the Cubs for a year or two and face Criticism that you can't hack it anymore when the team you used to coach dominates you.... Hmmmm do you have to think about that choice?

July 24, 2010  07:55 PM ET

Piniella is the ONLY Cubs Manager to have 3 consecutive winning seasons since 1930!!!!! Cubs aren't a winning organization. The Cardinals are perennial contenders with younger and better talent for next year. Tough decision for LaRussa... have a chance to retire as a Champion or Manage the Cubs for a year or two and face Criticism that you can't hack it anymore when the team you used to coach dominates you.... Hmmmm do you have to think about that choice?

July 25, 2010  12:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Piniella is the ONLY Cubs Manager to have 3 consecutive winning seasons since 1930!!!!! Cubs aren't a winning organization. The Cardinals are perennial contenders with younger and better talent for next year. Tough decision for LaRussa... have a chance to retire as a Champion or Manage the Cubs for a year or two and face Criticism that you can't hack it anymore when the team you used to coach dominates you.... Hmmmm do you have to think about that choice?

Not for nothing, but over the last 10 years LaRussa is 85-91 (35-47 the past five seasons, 2-3 so far this season) against the the non-winning organization. Maybe the Cards will do well against the Cubs over the next couple of years, the Cubs certainly are flawed, but they haven't exactly been dominating them lately.

July 25, 2010  02:28 AM ET
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Not for nothing, but over the last 10 years LaRussa is 85-91 (35-47 the past five seasons, 2-3 so far this season) against the the non-winning organization. Maybe the Cards will do well against the Cubs over the next couple of years, the Cubs certainly are flawed, but they haven't exactly been dominating them lately.

You are SO right. LaRussa has a losing record against the Cubs the past 10 years and the Cards are losing a series to them RIGHT NOW so therefore the Cubs are a better team and a winning organization, right?

Tony's ring with the Cards and perennial playoff appearances while the Cubs still seem to be winless in postseason seem to say otherwise.

July 25, 2010  08:02 AM ET

I get the distinct feeling that the job is already filled. Experience or no, Sandberg is a lock! Had they locked up Girardi when they had the chance a few years back he'd still probably be there, but for now Ryne Sandberg's the Windy City's fair haired boy.

 
July 25, 2010  09:32 AM ET
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I just don't see him leaving St. Louis to go to Chicago?? Although Chicago is a great sports town, St. Louis is a AWESOME baseball town. He isn't going anywhere.

Pinella coached in Chicago already. So what's the issue with micromanaging? St Louis an AWESOME sports town?? Not. No NBA or NFL teams Two NFL teams left because of no support and when was the NBA there?

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