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La Russa: Rasmus doesn't listen to coaches

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08:18 AM ET 07.27 | The Colby Rasmus-Tony La Russa saga added another chapter Tuesday. It's the latest development in a lengthy series for the third-year center fielder, whose name has long swirled in trade rumors. Speaking to KSDK TV-5 in St. Louis, La Russa was largely complimentary of Rasmus until the end of the interview. He spoke of Rasmus' bright future and said that the club is not shopping Rasmus. At the end, however, La Russa was asked whether Rasmus is listening and responded tartly. "Well, he's listening to somebody," the manager said. Asked whether Rasmus is listening to the Cardinals' coaches, he was more direct. "No, he doesn't listen to the Cardinal coaches much now, and that's why he gets in these funks, in my opinion," La Russa said.

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July 27, 2011  08:38 AM ET

I wouldn't listen to that senile old drunk either..........

But seriously, why all the fuss over Colby Rasmus? He???s not even that good.

July 27, 2011  08:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I wouldn't listen to that senile old drunk either..........But seriously, why all the fuss over Colby Rasmus? He???s not even that good.

Colby Rasmus is a good player and maybe with some better coaches he will become a top player in the NL.

July 27, 2011  09:04 AM ET

Runners on FIrst and Second last night against Houston in StL, Rasmus on second. #8 hitter slaps a hard hit ground ball towards left, and it hits Rasmus running to third.

I haven't seen a runner hit by a batted ball in 5 years.

LaRussa is sandbagging, Rasmus is gone.

July 27, 2011  09:11 AM ET

I think that Rasmus would do better somewhere else - especially if the Cards got bullpen help in return. I mean, 19 blown saves so far? The Cards would be running away in the Central if they would have just held on in half of those games.

July 27, 2011  09:17 AM ET

I wonder if this is a perceived parent issue, like with Cory Snyder a few years ago. Snyder had some power potential but never progressed, and some coaches said he wouldn't listen to anybody with the team because his father insisted on trying to control his development. Don't think that Snyder's dad was a Svengali or anything, Cory just thought he was the man and was willing to do what his dad said and ignore the ML coaches.
I also wonder if Tony the Red is just getting a bit too cranky to deal with young players. The Cards are probably pulling out their hair weighing how much longer Tony's going to be around vs. how much of the Rasmus issue is really due to Tony.

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July 27, 2011  09:36 AM ET

The Cards are wasting a talent in Rasmus. I don't think this guy is a malcontent but if you don't walk the LaRussa line, you are blacklisted from the team. See Scott Rolen.

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July 27, 2011  09:51 AM ET
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The Cards are wasting a talent in Rasmus. I don't think this guy is a malcontent but if you don't walk the LaRussa line, you are blacklisted from the team. See Scott Rolen.

I totally agree that you can get blacklisted under LaRussa, but Rolen created his own problems and had no one to blame but himself. His pouting and whining in 2006 was worthy of any 5 year old.

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July 27, 2011  10:07 AM ET

TLR and Jim Edmunds fought on a daily basis but they got along well enough because Edmunds always showed up ready to play ball. Rolen just sulked his way out of StL. Rasmus reminds me alot of JD Drew - a good player when his mind is in the game.

July 27, 2011  10:13 AM ET

He doesn't listen to the coaches? Easy problem to fix....send him back to the minors until he has a change of heart. Promote the guy that's eager to be a winner by being a team player.

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July 27, 2011  10:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Colby Rasmus is a good player and maybe with some better coaches he will become a top player in the NL.

Better coaches?

LOL....

La Russa is a very good coach and there are not many if any out there who I would take over him.

Considering the man has a limited 90m payroll vs the Phillies, Red Sox and Yankees payrolls that are DOUBLE that, he has done a great job keeping StLouis relevant every season.

Rasmus was over rated coming to the Cards and has had below average numbers since.

The Cards are better off getting another arm for him and going with Jon Jay in the lineup on an everyday basis.

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July 27, 2011  10:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I wouldn't listen to that senile old drunk either..........But seriously, why all the fuss over Colby Rasmus? He???s not even that good.

The fuss is that he COULD be good. Really good, even. But he refuses to work hard or listen to anyone other than his dad (who's an even bigger jerk than TLR, by the way). He's got all the tools, but won't hone them. It's very frustrating.

July 27, 2011  10:50 AM ET
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Better coaches?LOL....La Russa is a very good coach and there are not many if any out there who I would take over him.Considering the man has a limited 90m payroll vs the Phillies, Red Sox and Yankees payrolls that are DOUBLE that, he has done a great job keeping StLouis relevant every season.Rasmus was over rated coming to the Cards and has had below average numbers since.The Cards are better off getting another arm for him and going with Jon Jay in the lineup on an everyday basis.

Try the other teams in the diviision allow the Cardinals to be somewhat relevent every year. If they had the payroll of those teams then the cardinals would be significantly less relevent, unless they too brought in deeper talent.

July 27, 2011  11:26 AM ET

The problem with Rasmus is his dad. He won't listen to anyone else but him. Trade him and let some other team put up with him and his dad.

July 27, 2011  11:31 AM ET
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AgreedRolen was his own problem.With Rasmus - Problem is - he's hitting below .250. 11 HR with 40 RBIJay has equivalent Defensive numbers with slightly higher offensive numbers in most %'s and equivalent HR and RBI per AB. Right now this is a no brainer - move Rasmus.

Not to mention that he only has five stolen bases

 
July 27, 2011  11:40 AM ET

go have another drink and get behind the wheel

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