La Russa Retires From Cardinals

LARUSSA.jpg By Markus Garcia –11/03/11
Tony La Russa is going out on top. Just days after the Cardinals won game seven of The World Series, the 67 year old manager announced that he is retiring.
This makes La Russa the first manager to retire immediately after leading his team to a World Series. This year the Cardinals had what can only be described as a magical season. They rallied from 10 ½ games behind the Atlanta Braves for the National League Wild card race.
The Cardinals then upset the World Series favorite Philadelphia Phillies five games to three, defeating the Milwaukee Brewers four games to two. They rallied once again to beat the Rangers in two straight games to claim their 11th Championship in franchise history.
He is one of two managers to win a World Series in both leagues while the other is Sparky Anderson. During his 33 seasons of managing La Russa won a World Series championship with Oakland in 1989 and two with the Cardinals in 2006 and 2011. Three times he was voted American League Manager of the Year and National League manager in 2002. La Russa ranks third in regular seasons victories with a record of 2,728 – 2,365 and his 70 career postseason victories only trails Joe Torre’s 84.
La Russa will be up for consideration for the Hall Of Fame in December of 2013.