Melvin now alongside Howe, La Russa in A's all-time wins list

With the Oakland Athletics' extra-innings win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night, manager Bob Melvin took over sole possession of third place in the A's all-time wins list. It was Melvin's 369th win as A's skipper, passing Ken Macha and putting him in the Top 3 of the A's all-time managerial rankings. If he wants to reach the next two, however, he'll have to stick around...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Tony La Russa says Diamondbacks are 'buyers,' will make move soon

There might soon be some new additions to the Arizona Diamondbacks. With the trade deadline just over a week away, D-backs chief baseball officer Tony La Russa revealed to Arizona Sports 98.7 FM that the team is taking an aggressive approach towards acquiring new players through the trade market. "We will make a move, at the trade deadline or this winter," La Russa said. "We want...
Via Fox Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Arizona Diamondbacks Weighing Options as Trade Deadline Approaches

CINCINNATI, OH – JULY 14: National League All-Star A.J. Pollock #11 of the Arizona Diamondbacks bats in the seventh inning American League All-Star Dellin Betances #68 of the New York Yankees during the 86th MLB All-Star Game at the Great American Ball Park on July 14, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) On the cusp of Wild Card contention, the Arizona Diamondbacks...
Via The Sports Journal
12 days ago  |  Discuss

D-backs executives to go on Japanese goodwill tour

The Diamondbacks announced on Monday that a few executives will be going to Japan on a goodwill tour in August. Chief baseball officer Tony LaRussa and President/CEO Derrick Hall will be joined by special assistants and former players Luis Gonzalez and Randy Johnson from August 14-20. This will be LaRussa’s first trip to Japan. Per, LaRussa said:"It has been a long-time...
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22 days ago  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks fail to reach .500 for 11th straight time

The Arizona Diamondbacks failed to reach .500 for the 11th straight time this season. A win over the Rockies on Thursday would have given them an even 36-36 record. They have not been at .500 since being 8-8 on April 24.Chief baseball officer Tony La Russa had previously said that the team shouldn’t be focused on reaching the .500 mark. He told Arizona Sports 98.7:"It's a negative...
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June 25, 2015  |  Discuss

2016 MLB Salary Obligations and the Plan in Arizona

Since Tony La Russa and Dave Stewart took over baseball operations for the Arizona Diamondbacks last year, their moves have come under considerable scrutiny. Questions have been raised about the Diamondbacks plan, but not with as much regard to its execution. The questions surrounding the Diamondbacks’ moves have been confusing enough that some wondered if the Diamondbacks had […]
Via Fangraphs
June 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Former Cardinals manager La Russa says he was 'shocked' by hacking allegations

Diamondbacks chief baseball officer Tony La Russa spoke to Arizona Sports FM 98.7 regarding the hacking accusations levied against his former team, the St. Louis Cardinals. La Russa last managed the Cardinals in 2011.La Russa said he was “shocked” by the allegations and commented:"I have absolutely no involvement," La Russa said. "I have not talked to anybody in St. Louis. I...
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June 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Walt Weiss may not be the right man for the Colorado Rockies

  It was a highly criticized move when the Colorado Rockies reached into the high school ranks to make Walt Weiss their sixth manager in club history. The criticism wasn’t fair. It wasn’t like Weiss was a high school coach who had never been in a Major League clubhouse, or endured the grind of 162 games. Weiss played for more than a decade in the big leagues. He played under...
Via BSN Denver
June 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Little League field dedicated in La Russa's name

Tony La Russa is no longer managing the Cardinals, but the impact he's had on St. Louis and the local community is still felt.On Wednesday -- while La Russa was in town with the Arizona Diamondbacks -- he was honored as a Little League field was named in his honor."Tony La Russa Field is dedicated today for the families and kids of St. Louis. This field recognizes the contributions...
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May 28, 2015  |  Discuss

La Russa's loyalty solely with Arizona

Tony La Russa and the St. Louis Cardinals had some great times together, but now in town as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, it's clear who La Russa is cheering for. “I think when you look at their record and our record, we need the wins more than they do,” La Russa told “So that's an easy reminder that this is all about the Diamondbacks winning...
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May 25, 2015  |  Discuss

D-backs' Hale, La Russa critical of Jennings hiring

The Diamondbacks are in Miami this week just as former Marlins GM Dan Jennings was named the team’s new manager despite a lack of experience in the dugout. Both D-backs manager Chip Hale and the team’s chief baseball officer (and former major league manager) Tony La Russa spoke critically of the move. Per Hardball Talk, Hale said the following regarding Jennings on SiriusXM...
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May 20, 2015  |  Discuss

TLR Can’t Quit STL; LaRussa To Attend Cardinals Opening Day

Wow. Kind of like an open marriage, who are we to judge. If everyone’s happy with the arrangement, then everyone’s happy with the arrangement. Haven’t you heard? Tony LaRussa is coming back for Opening Day on Monday. And no, the Cardinals aren’t playing against his current employer, the Arizona Diamondbacks. They’ll be in San Diego playing the Padres. We’ve been on this...
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April 10, 2015  |  Discuss

St. Louis Cardinals: Don’t Lose Your Nerve With The Bats Yet

When I hear the fretting over the St. Louis Cardinals lineup after two games, the words of Tony La Russa come to mind. Words he fired at the media in 2011 when questioned about the lack of performance from a few of his players, “It’s the third week of the season.”Folks, do me a favor and use today as a chance to ease back from the edge of the roof of the building you stand...
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April 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Arizona trying to bounce back from dismal 2014 season

PHOENIX (AP) Arizona's desert overhaul began last summer with the hire of Tony La Russa as chief baseball officer. More hires followed: Dave Stewart as general manager, Joe Carter and De Jon Watson to front-office positions, Chip Hale as the new manager. Now that the brain trust is in place, it's time to see what the new-look Diamondbacks can do on the field. ''I don't have a crystal...
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April 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Arizona Diamondbacks 2015 Preview and Prediction

The Diamondbacks are rebooting, and it is hard to blame them. The wall-to-wall changes began with the hiring of Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa...
Via Athlon Sports
March 13, 2015  |  Discuss

The best ballpark giveaways for each MLB team

Who doesn’t love ballpark giveaways?  You’re already getting to watch a baseball game, and then on top of that you get something for free. It’s the American dream. For a lot of fans, a great giveaway item may be the only reason they’re going to the park to watch their awful team. Other fans may just want to keep their rapidly expanding bobblehead collection complete. Some...
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March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

The best ballpark giveaways for each MLB team

Who doesn’t love ballpark giveaways?  You’re already getting to watch a baseball game, and then on top of that you get something for free. It’s the American dream. For a lot of fans, a great giveaway item may be the only reason they’re going to the park to watch their awful team. Other fans may just want to keep their rapidly expanding bobblehead collection complete. Some...
Via The Outside Corner
March 05, 2015  |  Discuss

One Less Cardinals Retired Number is Good

I was asked in the comments section on Friday whether I was surprised that the St. Louis Cardinals re-issued Mark McGwire’s number 25. The recipient is recently-promoted bench coach David Bell, who moved off number 23. (That was news first disclosed here at The Cardinal Nation Blog back on February 9th, by the way.) My reply became so long, I turned it into this post instead...
Via The Cardinal Nation blog
February 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Tweets Of People w/ Tony LaRussa At Pet Parade

I don’t think we need further explanation: With the Weatherbird – Mr. Tony La Russa & @Weatherbird hanging before the #BegginPetParade. — Go! Magazine (@GoSTL) February 8, 2015 With this young lady – Lauren's selfie with Tony Larussa at dog parade in St Lou! Check out the rings! — Loren Wright (@LCWLucky13) February...
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February 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Tony Can’t Quit The Cardinals: Mardi Gras Edition

We’ve chronicled the TLR ‘can’t quit the Cards’ angle before. If you care to indulge, feel free to do so at any of the links below. The 2015 Winter Warm Up – LINK HERE The evening with TLR – LINK HERE The party at Busch Stadium – LINK HERE The merchandise – LINK HERE The STL Cards HOF induction – LINK HERE The media guide – LINK HERE So it’s no surprise that...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
February 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Tony LaRussa Is At Winter Warm-Up? Seriously?

Ok. Really? I feel like I’ve written this before – The evening with TLR – LINK HERE The party at Busch Stadium – LINK HERE The merchandise – LINK HERE The STL Cards HOF induction – LINK HERE The media guide – LINK HERE What is the world is LaRussa doing at the Winter Warm-Up THIS year? I mean, last year, he didn’t start it with the Diamondbacks, so some of the above...
Via Cardinals Diaspora
January 18, 2015  |  Discuss

D-backs buy into analytics, until the first pitch

PHOENIX -- The Diamondbacks beefed up their front office when they hired Ed Lewis to oversee analytics and research last week, but do not look for a sudden conversion to the gods of the logarithmic thinking.  The D-backs, in fact, are hardly strangers to the world statistical analysis. Chief baseball officer Tony La Russa and special assistant/pitching consultant Dave Duncan are...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
November 21, 2014  |  Discuss

La Russa expects winning record for D-backs in 2015

 PHOENIX -- Lest there be any confusion, chief baseball officer Tony La Russa had a strong message about the Diamondbacks' prospects for 2015.  "I will be absolutely broken-hearted if we don't have a winning record next year," La Russa said.  "I think it is fair to say we can win. I really feel that is realistic, but 82 (victories) is not going to get you into October. And what...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
November 12, 2014  |  Discuss

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 Sparky Anderson. In the manager...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
October 17, 2014  |  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 such, La Russa would know...
Via The Flagrant Fan
October 14, 2014  |  Discuss
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