Cardinals bring back La Russa

By Aaron Kirn
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The St. Louis Cardinals announced a deal on Monday that will keep manager Tony La Russa in St. Louis for 2011, with a mutual option for 2012.  Financial terms for the deal weren’t disclosed.

The team planned a news conference Tuesday for La Russa, who will be back for a 16th season as the Cardinals skipper.  La Russa has a franchise-record 1,318 wins since joining the team as manager in 1996 and has 2,638 wins overall, which is good for third on the MLB career list.

Under Tony, the Cardinals have won eight division titles, two National League pennants, and a World Series title in 2006.  They’ve failed to reach the playoffs three out of the last four years, however.  Including a disappointing end to the 2010 season that left the 66 year-old coach, and many Cardinal fans, wondering if La Russa had overstayed his welcome in St. Louis.

Besides bullpen coach Marty Mason, all of La Russa’s staff will be retained.  That apparently was a sticking point in the deal.  Full story

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