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Tony La Russa tries to defuse the Colby Rasmus situation

Sep 6, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

Tony La Russa did his best today to defuse the budding controversy surrounding Colby Rasmus and his future with the team, telling the Post-Dispatch that to say the situation has devolved to an “either Rasmus goes or La Russa goes” state it all wrong and overstates the situation.

Which I agree, it states the matter too strongly. La Russa is going to go when he wants to, not because management forces him out over a dustup with Colby Rasmus. By the same token, Rasmus is not going to get shipped out just because people are getting snippy with him in the course of a horrendous late-season swoon. Stuff happens when teams lose and ugliness comes to the fore.

Of course, because he’s Tony La Russa, his comments make it very clear that he thinks everyone has it all wrong but him. I’ve still yet to hear any explanation for why Rasmus’ playing time has been so wonky (one that makes any sense, anyway). Likewise, I’d be curious to know who leaked word that Rasmus had asked for a trade earlier this season, because the only person whose cause that helps to have out there is La Russa’s (i.e. Rasmus being difficult gives La Russa cover for jerking him around).

Rasmus may not understand that his best move is always to keep quiet, play well and let things sort themselves out until his power to control his own destiny increases with service time. But it seems to me that La Russa has a lot of run-ins with players that go public, and that reflects more poorly on La Russa than Rasmus’ immaturity reflects on him.

  1. willmose - Sep 6, 2010 at 6:28 PM

    Craig, Tony is old school. Young players earn their playing time. Get to the ballpark on time, get your work in before the game, stay focused during the game, and put up good ABs whenever you step to the plate. Do that and Tony has no issues with you. Ramus arrived late for a game in Chicago (and what Tony is suppose to overlook that?). When Tony chewed him out for it. Colby thinks he is special (I’m guessing ‘cuse his poop doesn’t stink) and went over Tony’s head to the GM. Not a good move in any business.

  2. Paper Lions - Sep 7, 2010 at 7:26 AM

    Rasmus arrived late to a game along with a bunch of other players because their bus was stuck in traffic due to flooding. LaRussa singled out Rasmus and threatened to send him to AAA. LaRussa has always played favorites, and he does so to the detriment of the teams chances of winning. LaRussa has created a culture where the locker room treats rookies like they are invaders coming to take their jobs. Last year the vets treated Rasmus like a leper because he was taking Ankiel’s job (who shouldn’t have had a job anyway). Winning isn’t important to LaRussa; proving to people that he is right (or at least being considered right) and winning the way he wants to win, is what is most important to LaRussa.
    This “young players have to pay their dues” crap is nothing but crap. You want to win? That is the goal, right? Then you play your best players no matter how much experience they have.

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