Today, the St. Louis Cardinals honored their famed and soon-to-be Hall of Fame manager, Tony La Russa. La Russa brought two World Series Championships to the Cardinals, most recently in 2011 and one in 2006. He also won a ring in 1989, while managing the Oakland Athletics. Over his career, La Russa managed for 33 MLB seasons, 8 years with the Chicago White Sox, 10 years with the A’s, and 16 years with the Cardinals. In total, he compiled a 2728-2365 record as an MLB manager. In St. Louis, La Russa managed a 1408-1182 record. Unlike most managers, Tony La Russa was one with job security. He was the rock of his organizations, and his players knew it. According to Derrick Goold, baseball writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, regarding La Russa, Lance Berkman was quoted as saying, “It was refreshing … To play for a manager not scared for his job.”
Today the St. Louis Cardinals retired Tony La Russa’s #10. It’s now posted on the wall, and tonight it was marked on the field. Here’s a picture tweeted by Derrick Goold:
Congrats Mr. La Russa! You deserve it!!