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Tony La Russa will return as Cardinals manager in 2011

Oct 18, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

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After taking a few weeks to consider his options Tony La Russa has decided to return as the Cardinals’ manager, agreeing to a one-year deal with an option for 2012.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the Cardinals will offer 2011 contracts to La Russa’s entire coaching staff except for bullpen coach Marty Mason, who’s been let go after 25 years in the organization.

Despite his taking some time to make an official decision La Russa’s return has been assumed for a while now and with an excellent core of Albert Pujols, Chris Carpenter, Adam Wainwright, Matt Holliday, Jaime Garcia, and Colby Rasmus the Cardinals are sure to be contenders in 2011 after disappointingly going 86-76 this season.

However, it remains to be seen if Rasmus will be around in 2011 after reportedly feuding with La Russa for much of the season. He’s one of the best young all-around players in baseball, hitting .276/.361/.498 with 23 homers in 144 games as a 23-year-old center fielder, but it’ll be interesting to see if the Cardinals think he can co-exist with the 66-year-old La Russa for another season (or maybe even two).

  1. Walk - Oct 18, 2010 at 5:54 PM

    The only manager that annoys me as much as larussa is dusty baker. Dusty is just dangerous to young pitchers so really only annoys me if he happens to coach a team i like. Tony on the other hand bothers me because i cant figure out if he is clueless or is the rainman of baseball. I seriously have no idea how this guy has so many wins, but he must be doing something right, i just dont see it though.

    • jakelohr - Oct 18, 2010 at 8:34 PM

      So will there be an * by his Hall of Fame plaque noting that YOU “just don’t see it”? Who cares?

      • Walk - Oct 18, 2010 at 10:47 PM

        You obviously, after all you took the time to reply.

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