Tony La Russa

St. Louis Cardinals
9:27 am
Mon December 9, 2013

La Russa, Torre Elected To Baseball Hall Of Fame

Former Cardinals Manager Tony La Russa
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated at 3:50 p.m. with analysis from Derrick Goold.

Updated at 11:55 a.m. with comments from the St. Louis Cardinals.

Updated at 11 a.m. with quotes from La Russa.

Updated at 10 a.m. with statement from commissioner Bud Selig. 

This story will be updated.

Long-time Cardinals manager Tony La Russa has been unanimously elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Here's the official news by way of a tweet Monday morning:

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St. Louis on the Air
4:07 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

One Last Strike: Former Cardinals Manager Tony La Russa

(Eve Roytshteyn of

Tony La Russa won two World Series championships as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals and another with the Oakland Athletics.  He won four Manager of the Year Awards and has the third highest win total in Major League Baseball history.  Host Don Marsh talks with La Russa about his career, the current season, and his new memoir, “One Last Strike: Fifty Years in Baseball, Ten and a Half Games Back, and One Final Championship Season.”

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Tony La Russa
3:52 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

Ex-Cardinals manager Tony La Russa has book deal

Former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Retired St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa is ready to look back on his amazing career.

William Morrow announced Monday that "One Last Strike: Fifty Years in Baseball, Ten and a Half Games Back, and One Final Championship Season," is tentatively scheduled to come out this fall. The book will be co-written by Rick Hummel, a longtime reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

La Russa retired last fall after managing the Cardinals to a dramatic World Series title.

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St. Louis Cardinals / Tony La Russa
1:19 pm
Wed November 16, 2011

Cardinals' La Russa 3rd in Manager of the Year voting

St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa (R) has words for relief pitcher Octavio Dotel after the eighth inning at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on July 30, 2011. St. Louis defeated Chicago 13-5.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Kirk Gibson of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Joe Maddon of the Tampa Bay Rays have been voted Managers of the Year.

Gibson won by a wide margin in the National League and Maddon was a clear choice in the AL. The results were announced Wednesday by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

Gibson guided Arizona to a worst-to-first finish in his first full season as a big league manager.

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St. Louis Cardinals
5:58 pm
Sun November 13, 2011

Matheny to replace La Russa as Cardinals manager

Mike Matheny, who is to replace Tony La Russa as Cardinals manager. La Russa retired after leading the Cardinals to win the 2011 World Series.
(Sean Collins)

The St. Louis Cardinals say they will announce the hiring of Mike Matheny as manager during a news conference Monday.

Matheny, a former St. Louis catcher will replace the retired Tony La Russa.

La Russa stepped down after leading the team to the World Series title.

The 40-year-old Matheny was a minor league instructor with the Cardinals and has no managing experience. He played for St. Louis from 2000-04 and won three Gold Gloves. He won another with San Francisco.

Tony La Russa / From Morning Edition
10:52 am
Tue November 1, 2011

La Russa retires: how the Cardinals move on to find a new skipper

St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa laughs during a question and answer session on media day at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Oct. 18, 2011.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Our own Rachel Lippmann had a story on the retirement of Cardinals manager Tony La Russa on today's Morning Edition on NPR. Here's the summary provided by NPR of her work:

"After 16 seasons, the Tony La Russa era in St. Louis is over. The Cardinals announced that their skipper has decided to retire. La Russa took the Cardinals to the playoffs nine times, made it to the World Series three times and won it all twice, including this season. Now, the organization and its fans have to figure out how to move on without the man who has become their backbone. St. Louis Public Radio's Rachel Lippmann reports."

In case you missed her story on the broadcast this morning, or want to hear it again, you can find it here.

St. Louis Cardinals / Tony La Russa
9:32 am
Mon October 31, 2011

Cardinals manager Tony La Russa announces retirement

St. Louis Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak (R) shakes the hand of manager Tony La Russa after La Russa announced his retirement during a press conference at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Oct. 31, 2011.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Updated 1:18 p.m.

Manager Tony La Russa will not be coming back to the St. Louis Cardinals.

The team announced Monday that La Russa has decided to retire after a 33-year managing career, 16 of which were with the Cardinals.

La Russa says he made the decision to retire back in June, and told general manager John Mozeliak and owner Bill DeWitt, Jr. in August. Players and coaches found out Sunday night after the parade and rally celebrating their 11th World Series championship.

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Dave Duncan
3:05 pm
Mon August 22, 2011

Duncan to take leave of absence from Cardinals

St. Louis Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan (L), shown here during a July 10 game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, has taken a leave of absence from the team to be with his wife as she recovers from surgery.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The man who's been at the right hand of Tony LaRussa for most of LaRussa's managing career is taking an extended leave of absence from the St. Louis Cardinals.

The team announced today that pitching coach Dave Duncan's wife underwent major surgery on August 21 and will require additional tests and rehabilitation. Duncan asked to stay with his wife during that period. No date's been set for his return.

Here's the rest of the statement from the St. Louis Cardinals:

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St. Louis Cardinals / Tony La Russa
4:14 pm
Mon May 16, 2011

La Russa rejoins Cards after shingles absence

St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa in 2008.
(via Flickr/SD Dirk)

Manager Tony La Russa is back with the St. Louis Cardinals after missing a six-game road trip to be treated for shingles.

The Cardinals were 2-4 during La Russa's absence and were swept in a three-game weekend series at Cincinnati. They began a four-game homestand Monday night with the first of two games against the Philadelphia Phillies.

Morning round-up
9:27 am
Wed February 16, 2011

Morning headlines: Pujols deadline approaches, STL Art Museum fights to keep mummy mask, Mo. Senate panel advances legislation preventing union fees requirement

Albert Pujols bats during a 2009 game against the New York Mets. (Photo by Rachel Lippmann)
  • St. Louis Cardinal's manager Tony La Russa says first baseman Albert Pujols and his representatives are being pressured by the players' union during contract negotiations. Pujols is eligible to become a free agent after the World Series and has set a deadline for 11 a.m. CST today to reach an agreement on a new deal. Pujols has vowed to cut off negotiations once he arrives at spring training. La Russa said Tuesday he thinks the three-time National League MVP is being pushed to set a new standard with his contract.
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