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Mariners could hire Tony La Russa as team president

Jan 9, 2014, 7:01 PM EDT

Tony La Russa AP AP

According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Tony La Russa is on the Mariners’ “short list” to replace Chuck Armstrong as team president. Armstrong announced in November that he was retiring after 28 years during two separate stints with the club. The Mariners began their interview process this week with two internal candidates, but Nightengale writes that La Russa “could be the odds-on-favorite” for the job if they look outside the organization.

For his part, La Russa wouldn’t talk specifically about a position with the Mariners when asked by Nightengale, but he wasn’t shy about his interest in leaving his job as a special assistant to MLB commissioner Bud Selig for a chance at a front office job with a team.

“I’m interested in getting to the competition upstairs,” La Russa said. “I’ve missed the competition since I left the field. I talked to the commissioner [Bud Selig] about it. It’s not a thing where you miss the dugout, but I miss the winning and losing.

“The situation has to be right.”

There should be a resolution soon, as Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln told Nightengale said that he hopes to make a decision within the next three weeks. Armstrong is set to leave his position as president on January 31.

UPDATE: La Russa has confirmed to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal that he’s interested in the Mariners’ job. He even sent a resume. How adorable.

  1. Ayana Rashed - Jan 9, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    Reblogged this on Imarashed.

  2. onbucky96 - Jan 9, 2014 at 7:12 PM

    Just don’t let him manage, each game will go past 3.5hrs. Or drive. Or perform a field sobriety test.

    • cohnjusack - Jan 9, 2014 at 9:21 PM

      http://www.beyondtheboxscore.com/2011/5/26/2190937/game-duration-2010-I

      Yep, that LaRussa sure managed the longest games. The average Cardinals game in 2010 was…4 minutes under average. 22 teams averaged longer games than LaRussa’s Cardinals.

      • 78mu - Jan 9, 2014 at 11:44 PM

        Don’t confuse him with the facts.

    • kevinbnyc - Jan 10, 2014 at 9:11 AM

      Come on, you know you can’t criticize Cardinals’ royalty!! What were you thinking?!?!?!

    • asimonetti88 - Jan 10, 2014 at 11:04 AM

      Considering La Russa’s career winning percentage is .536 with 3 World Series, and the Mariners only have 1 season with a winning record in the last 10 years and have never won a World Series, I think the Mariners’ fans would tolerate long games.

  3. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jan 9, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    I heard he once coached a player who did steroids. He should be banned from the Hall of Fame and booted from baseball as a result. Oh, and he’s only allowed to become a print writer now.

  4. nsstlfan - Jan 9, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    You are all hypocrites

  5. bigguy54 - Jan 9, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Howie follow chuckster out the door and let Tony take over. We have needed a baseball mind in the FO for a long time.

  6. Reflex - Jan 9, 2014 at 7:59 PM

    Ugh, this would be a mess. I cannot imagine this working out well at all.

    • asimonetti88 - Jan 10, 2014 at 11:07 AM

      Hard for it to work out worse than Armstrong.

      • Reflex - Jan 10, 2014 at 2:26 PM

        Really? While the past decade has been bad, the first decade was excellent and Armstrong oversaw the rise of the M’s into a AL West power. Its easy to look at the last few seasons and say he was a terrible team President, but it is amnesiac to ignore the fact that he also presided over the best era of team history from 1993-2002.

      • asimonetti88 - Jan 10, 2014 at 2:48 PM

        He also presided over their fall into AL West doormat. While he did some good stuff in the 90s, so did Arsenio Hall. And like Hall, Armstrong’s recent work is a dumpster fire.

  7. shawnuel - Jan 9, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    I’d much rather see a return to the Seattle area for Larry Beinfest, who started out in the Mariner’s org before becoming the GM of the Marlins.

  8. paperlions - Jan 9, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    Well, if this happens, it could make the Mariners a bit more interesting for non-Mariner fans. Kind of doubt it’ll have much positive effect on their on the field product though.

  9. gdobs227 - Jan 9, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    From what I remember, La Russa and McClendon pretty much hated each other back in the day. La Russa shouted something from the dugout to Brian Giles. McClendon took exception and the two of them ended up jawing at each other nose to nose. A day or two later, one of McClendon’s assistants and one of La Russa’s assistants got into a fist fight during BP.

    • cohnjusack - Jan 9, 2014 at 9:25 PM

      Here ya go

      http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/sports/baseball/2004-06-04-mcclendon-la-russa-suspensions_x.htm

      That being said, it was 10 years ago and I doubt either one of them holds a grudge about an on-field argument from Bush’s 1st term.

      • jdillydawg - Jan 9, 2014 at 11:26 PM

        Unless they are actually girls. Then they no doubt hate each other’s guts still and won’t stop at anything until one of them is dead.

  10. proudliberal85392 - Jan 9, 2014 at 10:11 PM

    Interesting idea. LaRussa is a very smart guy.

  11. dirtyharry1971 - Jan 9, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    love the headline to this story, it can also say “Toronto bluejays can sign a good free agent for a change” but of course we know they won’t

    • jdillydawg - Jan 9, 2014 at 11:28 PM

      I thought it funny too. I was going to write an article, “New York Yankees Could Hire Me,” but I couldn’t find a credible source to actually verify if it was possible so I had to kill the article in the interest of journalistic integrity.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jan 10, 2014 at 11:13 AM

        Oh they can hire you and change your name if they wanted too, the problem is nobody wants you

  12. seattlenative57 - Jan 10, 2014 at 1:01 AM

    “…but I miss the winning and losing”. Well, if he takes the job he won’t miss losing anymore.

  13. markofapro - Jan 10, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    The Mariner way

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