Found February 17, 2012 on hardballchat.com:


Tony LaRussa may have retired as manager of the 2011 World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals, but nobody truly expected him to stay away from the game of baseball entirely. Not yet, at least. LaRussa has been invited by good friend Jim Leyland, manager of the Detroit Tigers, to attend Spring Training in a non-uniform, non-official capacity. That means that anyone hoping LaRussa will join the Tigers’ coaching staff should not hold their breath. That will not be happening. Not now, at least. All joking aside, Leyland told reporters that LaRussa may actually spend more time with general manager Dave Dombrowski during his time at camp with the Tigers. All three men have very deep ties together from their early days in the game. When LaRussa managed the Chicago White Sox, he hired Leyland as an assistant manager back in 1982. From there, Leyland went on to accept the head managerial job with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1986. He led the Pirates as far as the National League Championship Series, but could not get the team led by Bobby Bonilla, Andy Van Slyke and Barry Bonds to the World Series. That would have to wait until Leyland led the Florida Marlins to a World Series championship in 1997. LaRussa and Leyland go way back as friends and colleagues. But after Leyland left the Marlins and then later the Colorado Rockies, it was LaRussa once again who helped Leyland get back in the game as a special assistant with the Cards in 2000. Leyland would later discover his passion for managing once again, and was hired by the Tigers, who he led to a World Series matchup with LaRussa’s Cardinals in 2006. That series was won in five games by St. Louis. Dombrowski and LaRussa go way back as well, as Dombrowski was a member of the White Sox front office when LaRussa was a manager with the team. Both men were let go around the same time, but remained close. Now working together, it will be Dombrowski who will afford LaRussa the opportunity to find out if he may have any interest in working in a front office role in the future. Even though LaRussa is only expected to stay with the Tigers for a couple of weeks, he will most likely always be involved in the game he loves. After becoming the first manager to immediately retire following winning the World Series, LaRussa said that he would be open to a role within MLB, citing speculation that he could take over for Joe Torre, who resigned from his post when he attempted to purchase the Los Angeles Dodgers. Either way, expect to continue to associate LaRussa with MLB for quite some time. They just seem to go together.  
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