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UPDATE: Cardinals press conference: La Russa news?

Oct 31, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

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UPDATE:  Now the tweeterbugs are speculating that the press conference is not about Molina, but about La Russa.  The betting is the announcement that he’s going to return next year.

That would make more sense than a retirement announcement. For one thing he’s flying to New York today to do Letterman tonight and if he were retiring you figure he’d want to be around for all of the parties and thanks and hoopla that would entail. Coming back? That’s just a quickie announcement.  For another thing La Russa doesn’t strike me as a “leave on top” type. For yet another thing there’s a chance the Cardinals are better next year with Adam Wainwright coming back and everything so why not give it another go?

Anyway: we’ll know in a few minutes.

8:45 AM: The Cardinals have announced a 10AM Eastern/9AM Central press conference. No word on what it’s about, but you can probably assume that it’s not about Albert Pujols because, like, 500 people would have been “hearing this” and talking about talking to insiders and all of that jazz before now if it was.

Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com speculates that the presser will be about Yadier Molina. Molina has a 2012 club option for $7 million which is one of the most brain-free no-brainers of the entire offseason.  The Cardinals probably just wanted to exercise it now before Molina cleans out his St. Louis place and heads to the Molina mothership or wherever it is he heads for the winter.

  1. lyon810 - Oct 31, 2011 at 8:47 AM

    Bengie is always the last to reach to Molina Mothership

  2. natstowngreg - Oct 31, 2011 at 9:03 AM

    Maybe his brothers will let him into the Super Secret Molina Treehouse (min. two World Series rings)..

  3. 78mu - Oct 31, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    It’s Tony’s retirement.

    Lets start speculating on his replacement.

  4. thefalcon123 - Oct 31, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    Umm…..wow.
    Tony LaRussa has retired just 35 wins short of John McGraw for 2nd all time.

    I didn’t see that coming.

    • paperlions - Oct 31, 2011 at 10:45 AM

      Yeah, me either. Considering the McGraw thing, Wainwright coming back, and winning….I figured he’d be ready for at least one more year….maybe he just finally felt content enough to move on, or his family convinced him that the stress is affecting his health too much. I am really hoping they just promote Oquendo.

      • stlouis1baseball - Oct 31, 2011 at 12:08 PM

        I am with you. If nothing else…they better give Jose legitimate consideration cause’ he is going to be managing in MLB real soon.

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