Tony La Russa Retires, Enter Francona
If you haven’t heard, yes. The rumors are true. Your beloved, (not mine) Tony La Russa has officially retired. He hopes to be as far away from baseball as possible at the start of the 2012 Spring Training gets underway. And I don’t blame the guy. Seriously, I don’t. TLR managed for more than 30 years and reeled in a few Championships too. He has quite the impressive resume. And that’s a lot coming from me. Since I’m anti-Cardinals and all.
..Yeah, St. Louis. It’s like that.
But what is going to happen to this St. Louis baseball organization? Pujols is looking for free agency. That’s a big question for the Cardinals. Pujols want’s a ton of dough and you can read my response about that right here. Without TLR are the Cardinals doomed?
Enter Terry Francona. Remember this guy?
A lot of people may or may not know much about ol` Terry “Tito” Francona. So here is the breakdown:
Terry Francona was a Major League Baseball player from 1981-1990. He played with the Expos, Reds, Cubs, Indians and Brewers. He coached for the Rangers, Athletics and the Tigers and he took the Redsox to two World Series championships. One in 2004 and the other in 2007. So he has the experience as both coach and player. Will he make a good fit for the World Champion (ugh) St. Louis Cardinals? The even bigger question I’ll leave you with is this; why does he want to leave the Redsox anyway?