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TONY LA RUSSA ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT AFTER LEADING HIS TEAM TO A SERIES TITLE
Tue, 01 Nov 2011 04:14 PM EDT

Tony La Russa who ranks third in Major League history in victories announced his retirement just three days after winning the 2011 World Series. The manager made the surprising announcement at a press conference at Busch Stadium after 33 season’s career; he spent 16 years with the Cardinals. “I feel that this is the right decision,” La Russa said. Football betting lines

“There isn’t one factor that dominates my decision,” La Russa said. “They all just come together telling you your time is over.

He led the Cardinals to the championship in a season in which he faced enormous obstacles. La Russa said his decision was not made based on a particular factor, but had started to doubt a return in midseason of 2012. He said he made his decision in August and expressed his wishes of retirement to general manager John Mozeliak and later he informed the retirement to the coaching staff. Basketball odds

The manager , 67retires with 2,728 managerial victories from Major League Baseball ranking third in the list of victories, just behind by John McGraw (2,763) and Connie Mack (3,731). He’s also the only manager to win multiple pennants in Major League Baseball history in each league and the second manager to win the World Series title in both leagues.

La Russa also led the Oakland Athletics to win the championship of the World Series in 1989 and the first Cardinals’ championship in 2006, this year was their second title in the past six seasons. With this, he is joining the Hall of Farmer Sparky Anderson as the only manager to win two World Series titles with clubs in both leagues.

Tony is the franchise’s winningest manager, after he led the team more than half of his victories -1,408- to a surprising victory this season.

Chairman and chief executive officer Bill DeWitt Jr. expressed his gratitude to Tony Larussa has done for the Cardinals all these years.

“My mind’s not as strong as Tony’s because I was thinking about this all the time,” Mozeliak said. “I know the impact he had on this organization and specifically on the 2011 team. It’s hard for me to swallow but at the same time I have to admire that he never wavered. Today is about Tony; tomorrow is about the next chapter for the St. Louis Cardinals.

“He’s been a leader, a mentor and a friend and when you have somebody step away from your life that incorporates all that, it’s never a great feeling.”

La Russa joined the Cardinals in 1996, during the 16 seasons the Cardinals finished first place 7 times and made the postseason 9 times.


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