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Something strange is going on between Tony La Russa and Colby Rasmus

Aug 30, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

Colby Rasmus hasn’t started a game in two weeks, in part because of a calf injury and in part because of what appears to be an increasingly sour relationship with manager Tony La Russa.
Rasmus made it clear that he was healthy enough to play over the weekend and he was initially in yesterday’s posted lineup, but was removed just minutes before the first pitch. La Russa made no mention of the decision during his pregame media briefing and after the game said: “When a guy’s ready, you give him one more day just to have that peace of mind.”
Which doesn’t sound weird, except for the part about Rasmus being in the original lineup that was posted for two hours. Rasmus didn’t make it an issue after the game, but reading between the lines most writers covering the Cardinals seem convinced that his relationship with La Russa has gotten very bad.
La Russa has said some things negatively comparing Rasmus to Jon Jay and reportedly doesn’t like that Rasmus’ father gives him hitting coaching. Officially the explanation given for Rasmus being scratched from yesterday’s lineup was simply “non-medical reasons,” but St. Louis Post Dispatch beat writer Joe Strauss described that as “for the Kool-Aid set” and later wrote that “it’s a fair guess either La Russa or Rasmus is gone from St. Louis before the 2011 season.”
Those are pretty strong words coming from a beat writer and Strauss is one of the best in the business, so I tend to think there’s plenty of fire behind the smoke. Beyond that, yesterday veteran Post Dispatch columnist Bernie Miklasz tweeted: “I have no idea what’s going on between La Russa and Rasmus, but this is very strange, and it must end.”
La Russa has feuded with players before and in some cases those players have left town because of it, but in this case the 23-year-old Rasmus is seemingly more important to the Cardinals’ future than their 65-year-old manager. After a solid rookie season he’s emerged as one of the game’s top all-around talents this year, playing good defense in center field while hitting .268/.352/.501 to rank second among all MLB center fielders with an .853 OPS.
If it’s true that St. Louis isn’t big enough for the both of them, the Cardinals better think long and hard about whether keeping La Russa is worth giving up a 23-year-old stud center fielder.

  1. RedsDouche - Aug 30, 2010 at 11:08 AM

    LaRussa in a sour relationship with a player? Noooooooo! That never happens! What a douche. That guy needs to go. Biggest whiner in the MLB next to Chris Carpenter.

  2. Nits - Aug 30, 2010 at 11:11 AM

    Boot the old turd! The ceiling on Rasmus is way too high to let him go.

  3. asdfghjkl - Aug 30, 2010 at 11:19 AM

    Tony LaRussa is a sack of $hit.

  4. Nits - Aug 30, 2010 at 11:25 AM

    I understand that you’re a Redsdouche, but your constant bashing of any Cardinals related does get old.

  5. Old Gator - Aug 30, 2010 at 11:51 AM

    Raise your hand if you like Tony LaRussa.
    No, no, I wasn’t talking to you, Glenn….

  6. Luke Bean - Aug 30, 2010 at 12:04 PM

    LaRussa + Beck = sack of poop

  7. John_Michael - Aug 30, 2010 at 12:27 PM

    It anagrams to: AB, Recks La USA.
    Where A and B represent the people in the equation.

  8. RedsDouche - Aug 30, 2010 at 12:36 PM

    Get your panties out of a bunch. You know the Cards org is the whiniest in the league. BPhillips said it perfectly. No one likes them.

  9. ultimatecardinalwarrior - Aug 30, 2010 at 1:30 PM

    Tony LaRussa is both the savior and destroyer of the Cardinals. He isolates incredible players, gives preferential treatment to veterans (come on, Miles over Tyler Greene?), overthinks when the best decision is to let instincts take over. But he has a great relationship with Pujols, and if TLR is unceremoniously thrown out, Pujols might get upset and not want to resign with the Cardinals.
    So really, Tony, the only reason you are still the Cards manager is because Pujols likes you. And we need you for that, but not much else.

  10. skysoxwiz - Aug 30, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    “No one” is pretty absolute….actually I like them.

  11. JBerardi - Aug 30, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    La Russa’s ego is disgusting. Hypothetical question: if went to the 29 other teams, and told them that they could steal either La Russa or Rasmus from the Cards, would even one of them choose La Russa? Would even one of them take more than five seconds to answer? Yeah, I doubt it. Swallow your pride and put your best team on the field, Tony. You’re not that important.

  12. RichardInBigD - Aug 30, 2010 at 1:46 PM

    Maybe LaRussa can talk Sarah Palin into signing and playing CF for the Cards. After all, SHE needs a job, and he’s gone to support her cause. I’m sure he can teach her to hit…

  13. saintez - Aug 30, 2010 at 1:53 PM

    Kinda silly to bring Palin in this discussion; if you had half the brain of LaRussa you just might be on the brink of being smart yourself….

  14. RedsDouche - Aug 30, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    I mean anyone that matters. You or I don’t matter in this case. I’m talking about other teams/players. It’s obvious most teams in the NL don’t like LaRussa and the Cards organization as a whole b/c of guys like LaRussa and Carpenter. I have mass respect for Pujols but unfortunately he’s on the Cards.

  15. STLintheOC - Aug 30, 2010 at 2:12 PM

    Long time Cards fan. Long time TLR admirer….but; considering the Cards recent demolition of the Reds in Cincinnati, followed by their subsequent collapse against the Cubs, Pirates and Nats, I’ve reached the conclusion that Tony can no longer manage/inspire his players. Rasmus aside, Tony needs to go.

  16. Nits - Aug 30, 2010 at 2:19 PM

    Honestly, I think that no one else in the Central Division likes them because they’re tired of looking up at them (this year withstanding). But it truly seems like a Reds issue. They don’t like anybody….see J. Votto.
    I personally don’t have a problem with the Reds minus B. Phillips. Anyone that goes to the media to call another team “bitches” lacks the class it takes to be in the bigs. I do admire his ability. He’s a quality 2nd baseman.

  17. morif - Aug 30, 2010 at 2:20 PM

    I have been a lifelong Cardinal fan, but I would vote to get rid of LaRussa just because he attended the Glenn Beck rally!

  18. RKempOne - Aug 30, 2010 at 2:33 PM

    OK, so hypothetically LaRussa’s out, Rasmus stays…who becomes the Cards new skipper?

  19. RedsDouche - Aug 30, 2010 at 3:04 PM

    “quality” 2nd baseman? He’s a gold glove 2nd baseman. Get it right. The Reds and Cubs have had a rivalry for years now. And from what has been said locally, Votto said those things in a joking manner. It wasn’t meant to be taken seriously. It’s obvious b/c when we played the Cubs the past 3 days, there were no fights or anything. Apparently the Cubs aren’t whiney b*tches like the Cards are. Yes I’m talking about Molina starting a fight like a girl. So yeah you can say it’s a problem with the Reds all you want. But seriously, NOONE likes the Cards. It’s not b/c we’re tired of looking up to them. It’s b/c they’re the most miserable team to play against b/c of the mouths of LaRussa and Carpenter. You just can’t shut them up. And obviously Molina wants in on that fun too. They can’t keep their meat lockers shut.

  20. RedsDouche - Aug 30, 2010 at 3:05 PM

    Not happening any time soon so there’s no reason to discuss the hypothetical situation of that happening.

  21. Nits - Aug 30, 2010 at 3:24 PM

    You’re all about interpretation. Plain and simple, If Phillips never says what he said there is NO fight. period. You cannot argue the point.
    no “Cardinals are all bitches” = no fight ..

  22. The Blumpkin - Aug 30, 2010 at 3:44 PM

    Funny how a f-stick d-bag like you supports your gangster trash talking 2nd baseman but yet blames everyone’s hatred of the Cardinals on Carp and LaRussa. I’m sure it has nothing to do with them winning the most World Series in the NL – moron.

  23. JCH-Num19 - Aug 31, 2010 at 12:52 AM

    Longtime Cardinals fan here… it hurts, but Brandon Phillips comments are probably more on target that any STL fan wants to admit. All you have to do is watch TLR’s behavior in almost any post-game interview. He is paranoid and disrespectful to most all of the media/writers that dare to ask him a question. I tend to watch baseball games with my 12-year old daughter and even she notices that Tony is a “jerk” in these post-game sessions. He is definitely a whiner and, as the leader of the Cardinals, paints the rest of the team as such. Overall, I think he is a very intelligent baseball strategist – just not a very nice person. The players have quit playing for the coach – he’s got to go.

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