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Tony La Russa says he’s not going to manage the Angels

Apr 18, 2013, 9:50 AM EDT

Tony La Russa AP

Guess that’s a relief to Mike Scioscia, who currently has the job and is under contract to manage the Angels through 2018. But Ken Rosenthal and La Russa have heard the rumors, and those rumors had to be addressed:

“I’m not going to manage again,” La Russa told on Wednesday night. “I’m going to work for a team someday. But it won’t be managing.”

La Russa had planned to be at the Tigers-Angels series this weekend because he is close with Jim Leyland, Dave Dombrowski and Albert Pujols, but now he says he’s not going so as not to make it appear as though he’s looming over Mike Scioscia’s shoulder. Which is pretty classy of him.

Still, even if La Russa isn’t interested, I stand by my preseason prediction that Mike Scioscia will be the first manager fired this year, five years left on his contract or not.  You rarely get more than one chance to manage a team that has made giant splashes on the free agent market. Unless the Angels turn things around quickly, they will be facing the second straight year of falling flat after spending a gabillion bucks.  Someone’s gotta pay for that.

  1. jarathen - Apr 18, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Honestly, I think the problems with the team start at the top, where Arte Moreno has wanted to make big splashes with little regard for how it impacts the future of the team. Firing Stoneman and replacing him with Reagins did an untold amount of damage. DiPoto is better, but I get the feeling Moreno is still too hands-on, wanting to sign the biggest free agents regardless of the value of such a move.

    Still, if the Angels can’t get going, Scioscia needs to go. This team needs a fire lit from underneath.

    • paperlions - Apr 18, 2013 at 10:20 AM


      The splashes have been just that….and they have each been owner-driven, you can’t even pin these on the GM….except for the part where they let a superior player go, which led to replacing him with a worse player for far more money, yeah, that would be letting Hunter go and replacing him with Hamilton. Hunter was better than Hamilton last year, and he’s been better than Hamilton this year (indeed, he’s been better than Hamilton most years both have been in the league).

      So….while making splashes (including the Greinke trade last year), they have depleted their MiLB system, got more expensive, and ignored their rotation….which was loaded with question marks to begin the year, and most of questions were answered like many expected….as the Angels have the worst rotation in the Majors to this point.

  2. Ryan LaRue - Apr 18, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Reblogged this on Cardinal Thinking and commented:
    This is why Tony La Russa will be remembered as a true Cardinal great… and Albert Pujols will not.

  3. randygnyc - Apr 18, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    I loved Pujols. But his signing will prove to be the worst in MLB history. With 9 years left he looks old and stiff. The tin man. At least arod had a MVP season and the Yankees won the WS.

    • paperlions - Apr 18, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      That MVP season was on his old deal, not the new one, right?

      Pujols does look bad moving…but plantar fasciitis can heal up pretty quickly with rest, so it is highly likely that his current mobility problem is temporary (even though it may last all year)….I expect ARod will be fine if his hip heals up….both deals are likely to be pretty bad. Heck, the Hamilton deal could turn out worse than either of those in term of proportion of return on investment.

      • Kevin S. - Apr 18, 2013 at 9:38 PM

        The MVP seasons were on his old deal, the World Series was on the new one.

  4. gloccamorra - Apr 18, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    I don’t know about Scioscia being the first. There’s a guy in Chavez Ravine who is also dealing with high expectations, he was hired by previous ownership and has only this year on his contract. Maybe they should swap managers?

  5. Robert Dobalina - Apr 18, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    “Still, even if La Russa isn’t interested, I stand by my preseason prediction that Mike Scioscia will be the first manager fired this year, five years left on his contract or not. ”

    Vegas disagrees and says that Uncle Charlie will be the first manager to be fired. This is one time I hope Vegas is right.

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