Three-time World Series Champion manager Tony LaRussa may be in line for a front office position for one of the two teams to never win their League pennant and make the World Series. According to Bob Nightengale from USA Today, a Seattle Mariners source has indicated that Tony LaRussa has the inside track to be President of the franchise. Nightengale reported:
La Russa is on the Seattle Mariners’ short list of candidates to replace outgoing president Chuck Armstrong, two baseball officials with knowledge of the search told USA TODAY Sports. They spoke on the condition of anonymity since the search process is ongoing.
Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln would neither confirm nor deny La Russa’s candidacy, but divulged that the interview process began this week with two candidates within the Mariners’ organization.
Tony LaRussa can also call himself a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, as he is scheduled for induction with peers Bobby Cox and Joe Torre this summer in Cooperstown. LaRussa’s 2,728 wins puts him as the third winningest manager of all time (behind Connie Mack and John McGraw) and just ahead of Bobby Cox. Much of the Cardinals success during his second tenure was based upon his shrewd coaching, seemingly getting the most out of his players talent, and I would imagine, much like Nolan Ryan’s presidency in Texas, that his presence will help the organization elevate its game.
- David Whitlock
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