Tony La Russa

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    July 28, 2014

    Tony La Russa Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame

    What do you give to a man who has everything? Immortality. That's what former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa is experiencing now that he's been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. During a weekend full of parades, speeches, dedications and parties, La Russa's legend has been secured ... More >>

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    December 9, 2013

    Tony La Russa, Former Cardinals Manager, Unanimously Voted into Baseball Hall of Fame

    Former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame this summer. The committee that selects hall of famers unanimously chose La Russa along with Joe Torre and Bobby Cox, baseball's winningest managers over the past four decades, for the honor.

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    November 6, 2013

    6 Photos of Tony La Russa Cuddling with Puppies That Will Make You Happy Forever

    Baseball fans know Tony La Russa as the sunglasses-wearing, fiercely intense manager who led the St. Louis Cardinals to two World Series wins. But the Daily RFT found six impossibly cute photos of La Russa that could cheer up even a town of baseball fanatics right after a huge loss. (Know any of t ... More >>

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    December 3, 2012

    Your Weekly St. Louis Bestseller List

    Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending November 25, as compiled by the St. Louis Independent Booksellers Alliance and based on sales at Left Bank Books, Main Street Books, Pudd'nhead Books and Subterranean Books. This week's bestseller list proves that Cardinals baseball a ... More >>

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    October 5, 2012

    Tony La Russa Oktoberfest = Instant Party

    Wow, what a ball of laughs. Soulard Oktoberfest has chosen to put this photo of Tony "La Genius" La Russa on its website to hype up Sunday - the day families can get Cardinals players' autographs. Below is our fake caption:"Hi. I'm Tony LaRussa. Tony La Russa guarantees that no one will have more fu ... More >>

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    September 17, 2012

    Ten Surprises in the Upcoming Tony La Russa Memoir

    In case you haven't heard, good news, everyone! Tony La Russa has written a memoir, called "One Last Strike: Fifty Years in Baseball, Ten and a Half Games Back, and One Final Championship Season" that will be released on the 25th of September. It's already getting some serious awards buzz, most nota ... More >>

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    September 14, 2012
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    November 1, 2011

    Tony La Russa Retires: A Farewell Playlist

    TLR shakin' it onstage with Santana earlier this year. ​It's been an emotional roller-coaster for St. Louis Cardinals fans: a heart-stopping Game 6 and a World Series victory are now slightly softened with the farewell of skipper, architect and game-changer Tony La Russa. But we'll leave the s ... More >>

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    October 31, 2011

    Tony La Russa Goes Out On a High Note

    It seems fitting, seeing as how the past two months may have actually been the ultimate achievement of the man's career. ​Tony La Russa, manager of the St. Louis Cardinals since 1996 and winningest skipper in the history of the franchise, announced today he is retiring. I have to say, this is ... More >>

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    October 25, 2011

    The Bullpen Phone, and Why It Doesn't Matter

    ​So apparently the bullpen phone is a problem. Because, you know, the Cards can't seem to get the right reliever up at kind of a big moment. As far as problems go, though, the bullpen phone isn't even close to the biggest one the Cardinals had last night. The fact the bullpen shenanigans of n ... More >>

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    October 18, 2011

    Sex Organ Cakes Left in Tony La Russa's Hotel Room?

    deadspin.comThis tale takes the cake. Ba-ding, ching.​Maybe it's not the Rally Squirrel bringing the Cardinals good luck this postseason. Maybe it's the penis- and vagina-shaped cakes left in Tony La Russa's hotel room! Well, maybe. That is, if TLR even saw the cakes. Deadspin reports that the Car ... More >>

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    May 13, 2011

    Kyle Lohse Impersonates Ailing Cardinals' Manager, Tony La Russa

    A younger, goateed version of La Russa?​Cardinals' manager Tony La Russa remains away from the club this week recovering from shingles. Yesterday at Wrigley Field, though, La Russa was there in spirit as pitcher Kyle Lohse impersonated the skipper prior to the game. Fox Sports Midwest has a video ... More >>

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    May 11, 2011

    La Russa Sidelined for Five More Games as Cardinals Manager Recuperates From Shingles

    Joe Pettini, interim manager​The Cardinals announced last night that manager Tony La Russa will miss the remainder of the team's road trip this week. La Russa had been expected to return to the team today after taking a day off Tuesday to recover from a nasty case of shingles (evidenced here) that ... More >>

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    May 10, 2011

    La Russa Now Diagnosed with Shingles; Will Miss Tonight's Game at Wrigley

    ​Doctors may have finally diagnosed the bizarre rash and infection plaguing Tony La Russa's forehead and right eye. Yesterday, the Cardinals manager visited the renowned Mayo Clinic where he was reportedly diagnosed with shingles. La Russa has been suffering from the ailment for at least four week ... More >>

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    May 9, 2011

    La Russa To Have Eye Examined Today

    Cardinals manager Tony La Russa is still battling the bizarre eye infection we first commented on nearly three weeks ago. Bill Greenblatt/ UPI/ Fotoglif ​The ailment does not appear to be pink eye -- as first reported -- but some mysterious virus. Today's an off day for the Cardinals, and La Russa ... More >>

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    April 21, 2011

    Sweet Jesus! What Happened to Tony La Russa's Face?

    Image via Fox Sports Midwest La Russa of his pinkeye: It's like bad makeup in a horror movie.​Did you happen to catch one of the post-game press conferences yesterday with Tony La Russa following the Cardinals' double-header against the Washington Nationals? If not, you missed a real fright ... More >>

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    April 8, 2011

    So Much For That New, Loveable La Russa; Cardinals Manager Gets Pissy After Six Games

    How could this guy be such a jerk? ​When he re-signed with the Cardinals last October, Tony La Russa vowed to be more "loveable" in 2011 following criticism that he often acted like a haggard, old sourpuss when addressing the media -- especially during post-game interviews. Now, just six games int ... More >>

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    February 2, 2011

    Tony La Russa Named One of Ten Worst People in Sports

    How could this guy be hated?​The editors of Deadspin have compiled a list that's sure to rankle some members of Cardinals Nation -- and probably earn a few nods of agreement from others. The sports website today names Tony La Russa as one of its "Top 10 Bad Guys in Sports." But Deadspin doesn't ju ... More >>

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    October 20, 2010

    Tony La Russa Vows to Be Loveable, Less of a Jerk in 2011

    There's that happy face.​Cardinals manager Tony La Russa was back in St. Louis yesterday to talk about his decision to return to the team next season. During a wide-ranging interview with reporters, La Russa was asked about his often surly demeanor during post-game press conferences. TLR acknowled ... More >>

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    October 18, 2010

    Tony La Russa Returning to Cardinals for Another Season -- Possibly Two

    ​Mr. Pouty Face, a.k.a. Tony La Russa, is returning to the Cardinals in 2011. The deal announced today includes a mutual option that could also have TLR returning to manage in 2012 -- if he or the team feels like it. While many Redbirds fans had hoped that the increasingly testy La Russa would han ... More >>

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    October 7, 2010

    A Road Playlist for Tony La Russa

    TLR, Bob Schneider and the Twitter bird. Don't ask me, but the image works.​Tony La Russa is driving home. Rather than flying home after the season, he's taking his time heading back to the Bay Area this year and recreating a trip he took in 1996, which you all may recall was the year he took over ... More >>

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    September 18, 2010

    Tyler Greene's Pedro Feliz Blues

    commons.wikimedia.orgYou'd think with a uniform that dirty Greene would be able to grit his way into a starting job around here. ​If someone asked you to sum up the Cardinals' 2010 season for them in the quickest way possible, you would need look no further than the way the Cards played the last t ... More >>

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    September 7, 2010

    Tony La Russa and The Razzle Dazzle Kid

    ​Going into the long Labor Day weekend, I fully expected to be focused on the Cardinals. Sure, there was the Mizzou-Illinois game to attend, and a couple other college football games I found intriguing, and there was the Greek Festival down at St. Nicholas' church. (By the by, memo to the festival ... More >>

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    August 31, 2010

    Local Linkage: The Anti-La Russa All Star Team

    Our friends over at InsideSTL ran an interesting post on the Cardinals this morning. Starting with a brief recap of the problems between Colby Rasmus and Tony La Russa they compiled an All-Star list of former Redbirds who hate La Russa: The Anti-La Russa All Star Team.Image from Breitbart​

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    July 29, 2010

    The Trouble With Tony La Russa​After last night's rather ugly contest, Tony La Russa was heard to say in his postgame comments that he should have left Jason Motte in. My immediate reaction was a sudden, loud, "Hallelujah!" Maybe, I thought to myself, Tony has finally learned the lesson, that the quality o ... More >>

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    July 7, 2010

    Does the Cardinal Bullpen Need Fixing?

    ​Just how concerned should we really be about the Cardinal's bullpen after last night's debacle? Well, ordinarily I would say it was just a single game, and no matter how ugly it was that doesn't change the fact that it was a single game. No need to hit the panic button and do something stupi ... More >>

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    March 2, 2010

    In Which the Author is Forced to Defend Tony La Russa Against His Will​Well, it was inevitable, I suppose. Finally, after years of little passive-aggressive asides and snarky jabs being tossed surreptitiously toward Tony La Russa, someone came out and said it straight up: La Russa doesn't belong in the Hall of Fame. Thom Loverro, of ESPN 98 ... More >>

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    January 8, 2010

    La Russa: McGwire Could Bat as Pinch Hitter (But Only Until Ted Williams' Body Defrosts)

    Image Via​The probability of the Cardinals new hitting coach Mark McGwire returning to the plate as a pinch hitter isn't likely, though manager Tony La Russa hasn't entirely ruled it out. Speaking this week to the Bay Area's Contra Costa Times, La Russa had this to say of the slugger who retired f ... More >>

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    October 25, 2009

    Tony La Russa Back for Another Go 'Round

    Well, it looks as if Tony La Russa will be returning to manage the St. Louis Cardinals once again in 2010. He hasn't made any sort of official announcement as of yet, but all signs point to La Russa coming back for his 15th season wearing the Birds on the Bat. How do I feel about TLR being back ... More >>

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    October 22, 2009

    What a Twit! Tony La Russa Embraces Social Media He Once Sued, Joins Twitter

    TLR's mugshot on Twitter​That's right. Yesterday, Tony La Russa joined the ranks of millions when he registered a real Twitter account under his name. As you'll recall, the Cardinals skipper sued Twitter back in May, when he discovered someone was passing himself (or herself) off as La Russa on t ... More >>

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    July 23, 2009

    Circling the Drain

    Does anybody want to tell me when this whole thing just went to hell? Remember when the Cardinals were a first-class organization, one that made smart moves, fielded competitive teams, and had everyone pulling in the same direction? Well, guess what, folks, the party, as they say, is over. ... More >>

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    June 9, 2009

    Twitter, Schmitter -- Tony La Russa Sues Unreal!

    Unreal has spent all of June breathlessly tracking the Tony La Russa v. Twitter brouhaha. OK, so we've actually just quickly spent the past few minutes skimming our columnist colleague Bill Streeter's two dispatches about the lawsuit, and also the one by Kristen Hinman. And even though those two are ... More >>

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    June 4, 2009

    Good Luck, La Russa! Media Attorney Says You'll Need It

    Daily RFT's tech blogger Bill Streeter has already shared the news that Tony La Russa is suing Twitter over a fake Twit who was tweeting under "The Skipper's" likeness. (The Twitter account was suspended after the lawsuit was filed in the Superior Court of California.)La Russa is likely to face a s ... More >>

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    May 7, 2009

    Credit Where Credit is Due: Cards Put Ank' on DL

    A couple of days ago, I wrote about Dick Ankiel's injury. I concluded that I thought the Cardinals needed to put him on the disabled list, rather than go day-to-day with him. My reasoning was that the Cards are already playing with a short bench, due to the bizarre obsession of Tony La Russa with ha ... More >>

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    March 6, 2009

    La Russa's Seven Least-Favorite Players

    The writers over at InsidesSTL had some fun with this latest list, which is, as the headline sez, the seven players Tony La Russa didn't get along with too well during the skipper's time in St. Louis. It's a solid rundown of fights and public squabbles TLR has had with players, but I do have one gri ... More >>

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    March 5, 2009

    Now That's What We Call "Pussy Control"

    Pssst! Don't tell Tony LaRussa. He wouldn't find it amusing. But have you seen the news story (below) from earlier this week in Nebraska? All we can say is un-frigging-real.

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    February 27, 2009

    Tony La Russa: "The Mozart of Overmanagers"

    Kansas City Star columnist Joe Posnanski penned a piece for Sports Illustrated today that attempts to break down what happens inside the manic mind of Cardinals manager Tony La Russa during spring training. In short, Posnanski suggests that TLR spends much of his time reveling in how much more ... More >>

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    January 16, 2009

    Go! St. Louis Weekend Calendar, January 16-18, 2009

    Not totally satisfied with your weekend itinerary? Never fear, Go! is here! This regular feature delivers the Top 10 can't-miss activities to complete your fun-seeking agenda. Looking for live music? Here's your St. Louis weekend concert calendar.

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    January 14, 2009
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    October 16, 2008
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    September 23, 2008

    Tony La Russa's Message to Cardinal Fans

    Another day, another loss for the Cardinals. All just a part of this team's complete collapse over the last month of the season. You know what, though? I don't have a huge problem with the losses. I really don't. Don't get me wrong; it is very frustrating to watch this team go in the tank, but I c ... More >>

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    September 18, 2008

    When Did La Russa Become a Sacred Cow?

    I really don't know exactly what to say anymore. I really don't. I've exhausted pretty much all my powers of analysis. I've used up all the wisdom that I've accumulated. I've tossed out pretty much every metaphor that I could devise, every single bizarre analogy I could imagine. Hell, I've even used ... More >>

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    September 8, 2008

    Rumored: La Russa to Leave After Season

    You know, most "news" items are barely news at all; you usually get something that's all promise and no real substance. Every once in a while, though, something really interesting streaks across the sky, and you just have to stop and pay attention. It may still turn out to be nothing, it may burn up ... More >>

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    September 4, 2008

    Tony La Russa: On Tape

    The St. Louis Cardinals are not mathematically out of playoff contention this season, but fans can't help but wonder what's in store for next season. To take the beleaguered Cardinals fan's mind off September's woes, view some of the many sides of Tony La Russa -- and be glad your life's not on tape ... More >>

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    August 6, 2008

    Watching Cardinals' Bullpen is Second-Worst Pain Ever

    You know, I had planned on writing about Chris Carpenter's return to the mound this morning. I had planned on writing about Manny Ramirez making his ridiculous way to St. Louis. Instead of all that, though, I would like to tell you a little story. One of my earliest -- and, unfortunately, most viv ... More >>

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    August 4, 2008

    Tony La Russa Demands Trade for 2004 Cardinals

    During a closed-door meeting on Sunday evening, in which the Cardinals' failure to make a deal at the non-waiver trade deadline was discussed, Tony La Russa demanded that John Mozeliak make a trade for the 2004 Cardinals. The subject was first broached by the Cardinal manager a few weeks before, d ... More >>

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    July 23, 2008

    La Russa Announces Plan to Form Reliever Rescue Foundation

    By AARON SCHAFER (e-mail) ST. LOUIS -- In a Tuesday night press conference, Tony La Russa announced that he is forming a new organization, known as the Reliever Rescue Foundation. "There's just a whole lot of relievers that need help out there right now," said the longtime St. Louis Cardinals man ... More >>

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    May 28, 2008

    Chris Duncan Looks Lost Out There

    When the 2008 season opened, I, like a lot of other people I'm sure, had various ideas about what this year would be about. Lots of us thought it would be about assessment, about looking at the current resources and deciding just what we have here. Others thought it would be about angry fans, disgus ... More >>

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    January 3, 2008

    Report: Canseco Claims La Russa Used Steroids!

    The Brushback, a Web site that’s part New York Times (slogan: all the sports news that’s fit to print) and part Onion, reports in its latest edition that whistle-blowing slugger Jose Canseco’s forthcoming book Vindicated contains allegations that his former Oakland A’s manager (and current C ... More >>

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