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Sunday, December 11th, 2016

LA RUSSA RESPECTS THE GAME

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I pick on La Russa quite a bit. But I respect him as a manager tremendously. La Russa’s respect for the game was exhibited Tuesday night.

Cardinals rookie infielder Brendan Ryan was benched by manager Tony La Russa after flying out in the first inning Tuesday night on a 3-and-0 pitch.

After Ryan flied out to center field, La Russa mouthed the words “You’re done!” when Ryan returned to the dugout. Brian Barden replaced Ryan at shortstop.

La Russa runs his ship. He respects the game. He taught Brendan Ryan a valuable lesson. One that I wish was foisted upon Corey Patterson back in the day. (Patterson is hitting .269/.304/.386 this year–to no one’s surprise).

With La Russa in the final year of his contract and the Cardinals absolutely flopping in the last month, it’s safe to say he’ll be managing elsewhere next season and there have been no shortage of rumors.

The latest is that Seattle might be his next team. The Mariners were in contention for a while but have lost 17 of 22 and are done. I think it would be cool to see La Russa managing in the AL West.

“There have been periods this year when we have struggled — where I had to honestly let the team know we had to keep pushing,” La Russa told the Post-Dispatch. “The product of that could be some strained relationships. There may have been some people who got their feelings hurt. If there is a lingering effect, that’s significant.”

He did all he could do there. And I’ll be glad to see him out of the Cubs’ division. But it won’t be the same without the man I call “The Delicate Genius”.

[tags]Tony La Russa, MLB, Cardinals[/tags]

  • dhaab

    Delicate genius. I like that.

    I wonder too if he’ll return. The thing is that Jocketty and Duncan both have contracts that keep them in the Lou for one more year. Hard to see TLR leaving them behind and going it alone somewhere else. We shall see, though.

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    Are you sure about that? Seems odd that Duncan would be signed for longer than TLR. A GM I can understand but a pitching coach?

  • dhaab

    Yes, very sure. It’s one of the most talked about things on the Cardinals message boards right now. Everyone knows that TLR and Duncan are joined at the hip, so it seems odd that he would leave his pitching coach to take on another job.

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    And Chris Duncan is the perfect DH so there ya go.

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