Friday, August 31, 2007

He's a natural born world-shaker.

Friday night the Cardinals crept back to within a game of .500, which is pretty good in the NL Central this year.

However, it was quite a milestone victory, at least for manager Tony LaRussa, J.D.. With that win Tony LaRussa became the winningest Cardinals manager in the history of the organization, which is pretty impressive.
"He's third on the all-time wins list in the history of baseball. He's the only manager with 1,000 wins in each league, and one of two skippers with a World Series championship in each league."

His 1,042 wins past the tally of victories compiled by hall of famer Red Schoendienst.

LaRussa joked afterward that there should be an asterisk next to his name since LaRussa was such a "lousy player" he got started on his managerial career when he was much younger than the hall of fame player Schoendienst.

In other words, had he been a better player and subsequently played longer, then he would not have as many managerial victories.

TLR has an impressive resume, but many think his best work as a manager has come the past 2 years. Last year he won the World Series with a depleted squad wracked with injuries.

This year's roster has been even more bloodied and with the exception of the 1st game of the season, none of last year's top 5 starting pitchers have pitched for the team (2 have been injured all season and the other 3 left as free agents). And yet, they're only 2 games out of 1st place in their division.

The team may not win any awards this year, but I appreciate that he's at least been able to keep us in the hunt considering all the injuries and departure of talent.

Congratulations, Tony!

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At 02 September, 2007 21:28, Blogger AJF said...

Man, that's a great picture of Tony...much better than the mugshot at the beginning of the year!


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