Found July 07, 2012 on Rumors and Rants:
Tony LaRussa sucked any enjoyment out of watching baseball games he was involved in by relentlessly over-managing them and essentially ruining the fluidity of the contests. Apparently that hasn’t changed despite his retirement. LaRussa will manage the National League in Tuesday’s All-Star Game and he is already causing issues. Without a doubt New York Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey has dominated all of baseball this season but LaRussa won’t commit to him as the NL’s starter for this year’s game. By any statistical measure Dickey deserves to start, but because he is a knuckleballer, LaRussa claims the NL’s starting catcher Buster Posey may not be equipped to handle him. So the manager may wait until reserve Yadier Molina is behind the plate to bring Dickey in from the bullpen. That logic is absolutely ridiculous. I know the All-Star Game “counts” now, but Dickey is a 37-year-old who will probably never get another chance to start the Mid-Summer Classic. He has earned the right to...

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