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Hale will absorb La Russa's insights, still set own path

PHOENIX -- Tony La Russa, 30 minutes after introducing Chip Hale as Diamondbacks manager, nudged a borrowed Sharpie and a D-backs cap toward Hale and asked for an autograph.  "You're my first manager," La Russa said with a smile. "I'm going to put this up in my office." La Russa believes in symbols. He wore uniform No. 10 to honor Hall of Fame manager...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Chip Hale to manage Arizona Diamondbacks

My first reaction upon hearing that Tony La Russa and the Arizona Diamondbacks had hired Chip Hale to manage the team was, "Who?" And yeah, Walter William "Chip" Hale is not a household name. He played parts of seven seasons as a utility guy, Mostly for the Twins and finished up his minor league career with Memphis, the Cardinals' Triple-A affiliate. As...
Via The Flagrant Fan
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks tap Hale as next manager

PHOENIX -- The Diamondbacks put together a rating system for their managerial candidates, chief baseball officer Tony La Russa said, grading them on one-to-five scale on leadership, handling of pitching, offensive creativity, personality and experience. La Russa was not willing to share the scores for the nine candidates interviewed, but he probably didn't have to. Chip Hale...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
7 days ago  |  Discuss

The TLR Stuff Is Starting To Get Embarrassing

We recently told you about ‘An Evening With Tony LaRussa‘ that is forthcoming this Monday to be hosted by the Cardinals. Short recap – he now (fully) runs the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball operation who’s stated goal is to win the National League pennant at the expense of the St. Louis Cardinals. It’s weird honoring people that don’t work for you and are actively working...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
September 10, 2014  |  Discuss

La Russa inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Tony La Russa, third all-time in victories as a manager, has been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. La Russa, now the Diamondbacks chief baseball officer, was enshrined Sunday in ceremonies at Cooperstown. La Russa won 2,728 times in his long career, behind only Connie Mack and John McGraw. He was picked as manager of the year four times and won 12 division...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
July 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Cardinals to name Cardinals Care field for Hall of Famer Tony La Russa

COOPERSTOWN, NY -- The Cardinals will name their next Cardinals Care Redbird Rookies field after former manager Tony La Russa, team chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. announced Saturday night at a reception honoring La Russa's induction into baseball's Hall of Fame. Tony La Russa Field, the organization's 22nd youth ball field, will serve children living in the Clinton-Peabody...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
July 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Blessed by good fortune: Tony La Russa's unlikely path to Cooperstown

ST. LOUIS -- Tony La Russa admitted that indeed he is nervous about his upcoming induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday. "But more excited," he said in a phone call earlier this week. The excitement part is reassuring because it's not easy to believe Tony La Russa could be nervous about anything. You're talking about one of the most accomplished managers...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
July 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Tony La Russa lands front office job with Diamondbacks

getty images The Arizona Diamondbacks have added Tony La Russa, though it will not be as a manager. La Russa will join the Diamondbcaks as their chief baseball officer. La Russa will report to Diamondbacks President Derrick Hall and oversee the the Diamondbacks baseball operations department. He will work with general manager Kevin Towers and manager Kirk Gibson in trying to turn...
May 17, 2014  |  Discuss

La Russa video game funding strikes out

Tony La Russa is hitting home runs seemingly each day this off-season as he makes the pre-Holiday rounds of bookstore signings and radio interviews. By accounts, his remembrances of the St. Louis Cardinals’ 2011 World Championship season, “One Last Strike,” is very popular with baseball book-buying fans. In the near-term at least, another of La Russa’s retirement projects...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
November 29, 2012  |  Discuss

La Russa favors post-series handshakes

As a manager, Tony La Russa was known as a fierce competitor, never willing to give his opponents an inch, while constantly seeking methods to motivate his players. Having retired from his post leading the St. Louis Cardinals after the 2011 World Championship season, the 68-year-old is now a special assistant to Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig. Perhaps that has led to...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
October 30, 2012  |  Discuss
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