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08:03 AM ET 08.31 | Is there a standoff looming in St. Louis between Tony La Russa and Colby Rasmus? You just get the feeling that one of these guys won't be back in 2011. It just isn't working very well, or smoothly. TLR's explanation for scratching Rasmus from the Sunday lineup a few minutes before first pitch did not make sense. TLR said it himself earlier on Sunday: Rasmus was physically ready to play after missing so much time with a calf injury. ... In TLR, you have a hard-driving, demanding manager who can be caustic behind the scenes when irritated by a player. And for whatever reason, Rasmus bugs the manager, even though the manager would dispute that.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Colby Rasmus (left), AP Colby Rasmus (left), AP
August 31, 2010  08:28 AM ET

Hey, FN? It's LaRussa and hopefully HE'S the one gone next year!

August 31, 2010  08:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Hey, FN? It's LaRussa and hopefully HE'S the one gone next year!

You really want LR gone? Do you think Cards fans do? I'm not so sure.

August 31, 2010  09:21 AM ET

Sober up Tony.

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August 31, 2010  09:39 AM ET

Tony is terrible. Yes we want him gone along with 3/4 of that team and the owner. They are an embarrassment to major league baseball. How can you have that kind of talent and not win the easiest division in baseball?? Their pitching is high school-like and I am not sure 1/2 of the players could start on a good college team. Did they really think getting of Ryan Ludwick was going to make them better and bringing in Westbrook (who the heck is this) was a better move. The upper management of this team is borderline ****. They know nothing about winning or sports or baseball. I was a Cardinals fan up until this year. I would not watch them again this year if they made game #7 of the world series (which they have no chance of doing). They cannot beat sub 500 teams, or anyone for that matter. They try to save every penny to sign a 42 year old bald dude who is not winning you any games at all, and he will be on the east coast in 2 years. Why would he stay in St Louis??? They are terrible. He isnt going to stick around the mid-west and lose like they are so used to doing.

August 31, 2010  09:42 AM ET

The Cards a whopping 6 games back now and in danger of slipping back for good. Still, the Reds have to prove that they can seal the deal.


The Reds can set the cruise-control because the Cardinals couldnt win the Little League World Series. This division is O-V-E-R and I hate the Reds almost as much as I hate the owners and upper management and the coach and the pitching staff of the Cardinals. when i see Tony in the dugout acting too-cool-for-school, I want to puke....I wish someone would a foul ball off his head soon.

August 31, 2010  10:03 AM ET

Rasmus refused to pay LaRussas bar tab,,thats the only reason they are at odds right now.

August 31, 2010  10:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

You really want LR gone? Do you think Cards fans do? I'm not so sure.

I really do and I'm thinking that Cards fans are tired of their team playing like they've been playing and since you can't get rid of the team, you need to shake that team up. What better way than to bring in a manager who will kick them in the butt when they need it and stop bowing down to the superstar!

August 31, 2010  10:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Tony is terrible. Yes we want him gone along with 3/4 of that team and the owner. They are an embarrassment to major league baseball. How can you have that kind of talent and not win the easiest division in baseball?? Their pitching is high school-like and I am not sure 1/2 of the players could start on a good college team. Did they really think getting of Ryan Ludwick was going to make them better and bringing in Westbrook (who the heck is this) was a better move. The upper management of this team is borderline ****. They know nothing about winning or sports or baseball. I was a Cardinals fan up until this year. I would not watch them again this year if they made game #7 of the world series (which they have no chance of doing). They cannot beat sub 500 teams, or anyone for that matter. They try to save every penny to sign a 42 year old bald dude who is not winning you any games at all, and he will be on the east coast in 2 years. Why would he stay in St Louis??? They are terrible. He isnt going to stick around the mid-west and lose like they are so used to doing.

So you're a fan....that won't watch the team anymore? Makes tons of sense!



NOT!

August 31, 2010  10:42 AM ET

The little twerp pisses him off...

August 31, 2010  11:12 AM ET

i have been watching them lose for 2 years in a row and it gets very old. The only money they have spent in 2 years was on Holliday and he is not worth near what he got. I am really not sure he is any better than Ludwick.

August 31, 2010  11:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Hey, FN? It's LaRussa and hopefully HE'S the one gone next year!

Tony LaRussa may be on his way out of St Louis and heading back to Chicago (Northside) and become the Cubs Manager next season

August 31, 2010  12:29 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Tony LaRussa may be on his way out of St Louis and heading back to Chicago (Northside) and become the Cubs Manager next season

I thought they wanted to start winning?

August 31, 2010  12:30 PM ET

Holliday is better than Ludwick but not by enough to make it worthwhile to pay Matt 120M while Ryan gets <5M. Westbrook was a good acquisition but the cards way overpaid. I want TLR gone as I am tired of the manipulation he does within the team and the fact that he has favorites as well as those who annoy him and they play accordingly.

For example, Ludwick never played every day, as he should have done. That said, if TLR stays the rest of my life I will still be a Cards' fan for each day of it.

Oh and 29cardsfan is a lot of things but a cards fan doesn't seem to be one of them - since he throws dirt at all of them, including their best player. Pujols is the 42 year old bald dude he mentions among his other moronic insults.

August 31, 2010  12:31 PM ET

The manager wants it done his way. It's a part of life...wherever you work you have somebody to answer to and if he can't hack it then unload him.

August 31, 2010  12:37 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

The Cards a whopping 6 games back now and in danger of slipping back for good. Still, the Reds have to prove that they can seal the deal. The Reds can set the cruise-control because the Cardinals couldnt win the Little League World Series. This division is O-V-E-R and I hate the Reds almost as much as I hate the owners and upper management and the coach and the pitching staff of the Cardinals. when i see Tony in the dugout acting too-cool-for-school, I want to puke....I wish someone would a foul ball off his head soon.

While I admit as a die-hard Cards fan that this season has been a disappointment, especially the last 15 games, and I do agree that the GM of the Redbirds needs to be dropped off a tall building, I don't agree that the Pitching Staff is as bad as you're making it out to be. The Cards have 2 guys, that just a year ago finished 2nd and 3rd in the CY Young voting. You also have a kid who will probably win the ROY Award, and Westbrook has done nothing but give the Cards, quality start after quality start. It's not the pitching staff's fault that this team is heading in the wrong direction. Westbrook pitched 7 innings of 3 run ball last night. That's good enough for him to have won the game if he would have gotten run support. The offense needs an overhaul, and trading Ludwick was not the answer. You are nothing but a fair weather fan. Yes this team is struggling, and upper management has made some pretty boneheaded decisions, but this is my team, and I'll stand by them through thick and thin. How do you think Cubs fans feel, and they don't bash their team like this, and it's been going on 102 years since they last won a world series.
As for TLR, I think he needs to hang it up. Give Oquendo a chance to coach this club. I think some fresh ideas would be good for this team.

August 31, 2010  12:46 PM ET

i dont care about the Cubs or their fans...end of story. you can honestly look at this years team and see-
1. we need a 3rd baseman
2. we have the worst shortstop/2nd base combo in baseball, need to fill those positions as well
3. our cathcher, who might set the world record for hitting into the most double plays in MLb history, CANNOT hit
4. we need a right fielder and the way it sounds a centerfielder if Colby gets run off because of the drunk coach
5. after our first 3 pitchers, we have NOTHING, and those 3 arent that good
6. basically we have Molina, Pujols until he leaves for NY or Boston, and Holliday who is way overpaid and isnt that good....other than that....we have 5 positions that need filled with every day players

August 31, 2010  12:51 PM ET

wow. funny to hear all the contempt for tony larussa coming from cards fans. 7/8 division titles 2 nl pennants and a WS championship just 4 years ago since he took over in the team in 96'. he may not be too popular with his players but his teams consistently win.

August 31, 2010  12:57 PM ET

he may not be too popular with his players but his teams consistently win.
yeah, as i know his players cannot stand him, aside from his favorites like Mark Mcgwire and his ex boyfriend Rick Ankeil-he is a moron...this may go down as one of the biggest flops (for a team) in MLB history. if you cannot make the playoffs in the NL with that lineup, something is really wrong. Last year they were terrible in the playoffs and probably shouldnt have even made it. the year they won the world series will still go down as the "worst team to ever win a world series" Tony is a drunk dork and needs to move on and start raising money to give to his dogs or whatever organization he is in charge of and about to **** up out in California. Im really not sure he can run a dog kennel either

 
August 31, 2010  01:08 PM ET

I will have a couple of shots of tequila

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