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La Russa a candidate in Houston?

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08:18 AM ET 08.20 | Barely a day on the job and Tony DeFrancesco is already seeing speculation about his replacement in Houston. Neither Jim Crane nor Jeff Luhnow sounded that enthusiastic about [DeFrancesco's] candidacy, but he will be considered and does have a place somewhere next year. ... Passed over for the interim tag, [bench coach Joe Pettini] could have a fresh start from the organization in his future next year. ... [Interim first-base coach Dan Radison is an] intriguing possibility as a Luhnow confidant respected by the GM. ... [External candidates:] Jose Oquendo ... Bo Porter. The big names ... [Tony La Russa,] but why take on a rebuilding project? Terry Francona would be awkward as a Brad Mills mentor. Manny Acta, a former Astros minor league manager, would have to be fired by the fading Indians.

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August 20, 2012  08:31 AM ET

Ya can't make chicken salad outta chicken sh#t.

August 20, 2012  08:34 AM ET
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Ya can't make chicken salad outta chicken sh#t.

That's what I've always heard............

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August 20, 2012  09:24 AM ET
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And it begins....La Russa will be the "rumored" replacement for every opening this fall.How long till he is mentioned as taking over in Boston when Valentine gets shytcanned?

Indeed he will. Why on earth would La Russa want anything to do with a franchise that is years away from competing?

August 20, 2012  09:34 AM ET

No big name person or God can win right away in Houston, so why not hire a upcoming baseball person to grow with the young team you are going to have for several years.

August 20, 2012  09:52 AM ET
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And it begins....La Russa will be the "rumored" replacement for every opening this fall.How long till he is mentioned as taking over in Boston when Valentine gets shytcanned?

If the little dewsch bags in Boston can't handle Valentine as a disciplinarian..how would they handle La Russa...

August 20, 2012  10:51 AM ET
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And it begins....La Russa will be the "rumored" replacement for every opening this fall.How long till he is mentioned as taking over in Boston when Valentine gets shytcanned?

This could be like the "moving to LA" rumor for NFL teams. Any manager that doesn't win the world series will be reading that LaRussa is "rumored" to be considered his replacement.

August 20, 2012  10:56 AM ET

Tony is a difficult guy to read, but I honestly don't think he'll manage again.

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August 20, 2012  11:43 AM ET
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And it begins....La Russa will be the "rumored" replacement for every opening this fall.How long till he is mentioned as taking over in Boston when Valentine gets shytcanned?

Exactly right. No way LaRussa takes over a AA team like the Astros (with apologies to AA teams). We've got a better chance of seeing him back with the A's or White Sox before going to Houston.

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August 20, 2012  12:52 PM ET

Put craig biggio in charge, give him 3 years and a strong farm budget, and he will build a winner....

August 20, 2012  01:09 PM ET

He's the Next Commissioner of Baseball!!! Book Him Dano!

August 20, 2012  01:26 PM ET
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No big name person or God can win right away in Houston, so why not hire a upcoming baseball person to grow with the young team you are going to have for several years.

the astros idea its a good thought it should be taked into consideration, in the business of sports its important to bring somebody who could inject a great deal of experience,,, and tony larusa has plenty experience!!!!

August 20, 2012  01:29 PM ET

the angels have going from good to worse all in this season, is time for mike sciocia to move, after all lets not forget he does need a fresh start in another team in a different uniform red sox would wellcome mike sciocia in a blink of an eye, plus sciocia has that magic touch in the yankees and would be very interested how he moves in the new organization,, sciocia against girardi,,,

August 20, 2012  01:30 PM ET

the angels have going from good to worse all in this season, is time for mike sciocia to move, after all lets not forget he does need a fresh start in another team in a different uniform red sox would wellcome mike sciocia in a blink of an eye, plus sciocia has that magic touch in the yankees and would be very interested how he moves in the new organization,, sciocia against girardi,,,

August 20, 2012  01:32 PM ET

manny acta to the astros to me that would be a bad move,,, plus acta has a bad taste in the american league as a manager, and the astros are moving to the american league, perhaps acta needs a little more polish in the minor league as a instructor but not as a manager,,,

August 20, 2012  01:35 PM ET
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He's the Next Commissioner of Baseball!!! Book Him Dano!

maybe the astros should take joe torre into consideration, after all you need to bring a top experienced manager and torre and larusa have more than enough experience,,,,,

August 20, 2012  01:37 PM ET

tony la rusa could fit in the angels managerial opening spot next season,, sciocia has been a great manager but it seems that sciocia's road has come to a dead end,,,

August 20, 2012  01:40 PM ET
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Tony is a difficult guy to read, but I honestly don't think he'll manage again.

angels would be willing to give him a try in the managerial spot,,, plus he would be working with pujols albastros baseball style,,, cold in the first 40 games then he heated up after the first 50 games,,,who knows if larusa could fix pujols?? anything could happen at the end,,,

 
August 20, 2012  01:43 PM ET

send joe torre to the astros, get mike sciocia to work in the red sox managerial spot and send tony la rusa to work in the angels managerial spot, a change of city and weather should be a fresh start for all of this great managers,,,

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