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La Russa has become Phil Jackson and Bill Cowher

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07:11 AM ET 05.10 | Fifty years ago today, Tony La Russa, now 68, made his major-league debut with the Kansas City A's. Two years removed from his last season inside the Cardinals' dugout, La Russa has assumed another role. He has become to baseball what Bill Cowher and Jon Gruden are to the NFL and Phil Jackson is to the NBA, a successful retired coach seemingly tied to every potential vacancy. La Russa insists he would rather pull a double shift on [cat pan duty] than remain the focus of such speculation. "Nothing has changed," vowed La Russa, whose last appearance in a dugout remains last July's All-Star Game in Kansas City. ... "I've had plenty of time to miss it and get back if I wanted that. I don't."

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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May 10, 2013  08:30 AM ET

If things don't turn around soon in Toronto and LA Dodgers both managers may not make it to the trading deadline. If the Halos don't make the playoffs a change in manager is surely to take place and again LaRussa name will be the front runner for the job.

May 10, 2013  09:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

If things don't turn around soon in Toronto and LA Dodgers both managers may not make it to the trading deadline. If the Halos don't make the playoffs a change in manager is surely to take place and again LaRussa name will be the front runner for the job.

LaRussa can't be the front runner if he doesn't want the job. And he doesn't. If had wanted to continue to manage, he'd still be in St. Louis. It's not like he was fired or bailed on a sinking ship. He walked away from a perennial contender. He's done.

May 10, 2013  10:17 AM ET

I called Crimeline and alerted the Neighborhood Watch after seeing that weirdo lurking in the dugout, it seemed to work and he hasn't been back.

May 10, 2013  11:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

If things don't turn around soon in Toronto and LA Dodgers both managers may not make it to the trading deadline. If the Halos don't make the playoffs a change in manager is surely to take place and again LaRussa name will be the front runner for the job.

EXCEPT,,LARussa will still refuse to lose, and all those teams aren't improving at all at till now,,
think that is a good motivation for TONY??

May 10, 2013  11:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

LaRussa can't be the front runner if he doesn't want the job. And he doesn't. If had wanted to continue to manage, he'd still be in St. Louis. It's not like he was fired or bailed on a sinking ship. He walked away from a perennial contender. He's done.

agree to it,,,

May 10, 2013  11:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I called Crimeline and alerted the Neighborhood Watch after seeing that weirdo lurking in the dugout, it seemed to work and he hasn't been back.

LARussa was and excellent manager, but when the motivation and the desire of been in the game is no longer there,,,then is nothing else to try to prove,,,

May 10, 2013  12:43 PM ET

I want him to replace Leyland

 
May 11, 2013  10:36 AM ET

Dugout LaRussa is still watching you ...

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