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Mon October 31, 2011
La Russa Announces Retirement
After 33 years in the major leagues, St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa is calling it a career.
By Rachel Lippmann (St. Louis)
The team made the announcement Monday morning, a day after a parade and rally celebrating the franchise’s 11th World Series victory.
La Russa’s relationship with fans in St. Louis was a complicated one. He told reporters that he had no idea how many would cheer and how many would be upset by the announcement – though he hoped more would be upset.
“I have no regrets about looking at them and saying, I did the best I could and the numbers are what they are. Could a better manager have won more games? Yeah. He’s better and he could have won more, but they got my best shot. ”
La Russa has the most wins as a manager in Cardinals history, and is third on the all-time baseball wins list, behind Connie Mack and John McGraw.
The team’s owner and general manager were expected to meet Monday afternoon to start searching for a new skipper. They say there’s no timetable for when the process will be completed.