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It sounds like Tony La Russa will be back with the Cardinals next season

Oct 15, 2011, 9:25 AM EST

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According to the Associated Press, in speaking with reporters prior to Game 5 of the NLCS against the Brewers last night, Tony La Russa dropped some pretty strong hints that he will return as manager of the Cardinals next season. La Russa and the Cardinals have a mutual option for 2012.

“We don’t get into 2012, but I think it’s a fair comment to make: What’s happened to this club on the right-handed bullpen side is very exciting going forward,” La Russa said.

“Our focus is right now, we’re not talking about 2012 or anybody’s free agency,” La Russa said. “The nucleus of this club, I think it’s pretty well set. There are a lot of things that are for sure about next year’s club that I think make it literally an outstanding situation.”

See, if there’s anything that can keep La Russa going, it’s extra arms to play with in the bullpen.

  1. legacybroken - Oct 15, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    You would expect a manager deep in a playoff run to say things like that. Neither sideare going to say anything that could burn potential bridges. The Red Sox they are not.

  2. cintiphil - Oct 15, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Can’t we wait for the series to be over? This stuff gets tiring each year. They haven’t beat the Brewers yet! Who knows if they will get into the WS? The guy has time after the WS is over to sign Albert or let him go. they have to get past Milwaukee first, just to get into the WS. I still pick the Brewers in 7.

    • umrguy42 - Oct 15, 2011 at 1:02 PM

      Actually Phil, as a Cards fan, I’m not sure if LaRussa is still the best manager going forward, but I actually have more hope that they an re-sign Pujols with TLR committed to be on the bench. And possibly TLR is thinking the same thing.

      • paperlions - Oct 15, 2011 at 1:31 PM

        Agreed. I’m not a fan of the micro-managing (which generally has a small negative effect on the quality of the baseball…but hey, maybe all those extra TV timeouts add up to more revenue to spend on players), but if another year or two of that enhances the chances of Albert sticking around….I’ll make that trade.

  3. cur68 - Oct 15, 2011 at 3:39 PM

    Be an interesting litmus test of the team with TLR vs the team without if he isn’t back. Are they as good? Can any manager really get the same results with an excellent team, or is TLR doing stuff based on ‘baseball smarts’ that he possess in larger measure than others? Will the squirrel be back or does it only take orders from Tony?

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