Tony La Russa Retires On Top After Winning 2011 World Series

Tony La Russa announced his retirement as manager of the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday, Nov 1, three days after winning a seven-game world series against the Texas Rangers.

“It’s just time to do something else and I know it,” he told the press conference announcing his retirement. “Maybe buy a minor league club” and “maybe open a book store”, he said. reports:

La Russa did not just win. He revolutionized baseball. During his years in Oakland, he turned former starter Dennis Eckersley into a one-inning closer – a new concept in baseball. La Russa redefined the entire way to use a bullpen, coming up with situational relievers – something that is used with all 30 MLB teams today. La Russa also came up with the odd strategy of batting the pitcher eighth in the order – doing it 432 times in his managerial career.

La Russa told a press conference announcing his retirement that he had made his decision to step away from the game in August 2011 despite a mutual contract option for 2012 and told his club general manager, John Mozeliak, of his decision. He informed his coaching staff and players on October 30 after the club’s World Series parade and celebration.

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