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Tony La Russa to decide on future within two weeks of World Series

Oct 21, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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Next season probably isn’t even on Tony La Russa’s mind right now, but Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the 67-year-old manager and the Cardinals must both decide whether to exercise their half of a mutual contract option within two weeks of the World Series ending.

When asked if he knew La Russa’s plans, general manager John Mozeliak said: “I think I have an idea of his thinking.”

Strauss quotes “many close to La Russa” as saying they expect him to return for a 17th season with the Cardinals regardless of what happens in the World Series and Mozeliak pointed out that “he does appear to be having fun … enjoying this run and enjoying this team.”

La Russa is also just 35 wins from passing John McGraw for second place on the all-time list behind Connie Mack and would likely receive a raise from his current $5 million salary, which is already the highest in baseball.

  1. Old Gator - Oct 21, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    Well, I guess that’s good to know. With Harold Camping’s latest doomsday prediction yielding to the Coriolis Effect yet again, we probably don’t lose much by leaving management of the future up to TLR.

  2. lovesmesomeme - Oct 21, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    Quit. Go save your animals and keep practicing your alphabet with the Florida Highway Patrol. Keep this in mind TLR The letter F comes after E and your blood alcohol level has to be below .08%.

  3. Jonny 5 - Oct 21, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    Can he make the right decision?

  4. chadh88 - Oct 21, 2011 at 12:20 PM

    Does he decide based on whether or not they wrap up Pujols, or does he immediately come back to try to keep Pujols in StL?

  5. tuftsb - Oct 21, 2011 at 2:06 PM

    When I saw “decide on future” in the headline, I didn’t know if related to TLR’s future or was the all-powerful manager deciding our future in some end of days announcement.

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