Monday, October 31, 2011

La Russa retires from Baseball

Just three days after dramatically winning World Series, Cardinals manager Tony La Russa (St. Louis) announced his retirement.

The veteran manager - 67 years - made ​​the announcement at a press conference on Monday at Busch Stadium.

The consecration in the World Series in seven games, beating the Texas Rangers, was the third in the 33-year career as manager La Russa.

"I feel that this is the right decision," said La Russa.

He led the Cardinals to the championship in a season in which he faced enormous obstacles.

• San Luis lost his ace Adam Wainwright all season after undergoing elbow surgery during spring training.

• In addition, managed to overcome a handicap of 10 games and a half to Atlanta August 25 to qualify for the playoffs with a wild card in the National League.

La Russa retires from the Major League Baseball third in the list of victories, 35 by John McGraw.

Besides the title achieved this season, La Russa also was a champion with the Oakland Athletics in 1989 and the Cardinals in 2006.

La Russa said his decision was not made based on a particular factor, but had begun to doubt return in midseason 2012. He said that in August he expressed his wishes to the general manager John Mozeliak and other team officials.

He said that when the conversations that took place just when the Cardinals seemed to be out of the wild card race before his sensational reaction was pure coincidence.

According to La Russa, simply consider that it was time to retire and nothing changed after the Cardinals qualified for the playoffs and then surprise the Phillies, Brewers and Rangers.

"I think this is the right time to put an end," he said.

La Russa was impassive during the press conference, except when he paused to thank his wife, Elaine, and his two daughters to have him patience for much of the past 33 years.

He also said his meeting with the players after the celebratory parade on Sunday was short but emotional.

"Some adult males began to mourn," said La Russa. Then, in jest, the coach joked: "That as I liked because it made me mourn them sometimes."

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