La Russa Re-Signs with Cardinals

Winningest manager in team history gets two-season deal
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Oct 22, 2007 10:23 PM CDT
St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa speaks during a news conference announcing he will return as Cardinals manager Monday, Oct. 22, 2007, in St. Louis. La Russa will return for his 13th season as...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Tony La Russa, Cardinals manager for the past twelve years, will stick around for two more, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. A disappointing 78-84 season to cap his previous three-year deal, plus instability at general manager, had the four-time Manager of the Year initially uncertain as to whether he'd return.

"I needed some time to get away and refresh," said La Russa, a year removed from his team's upstart run at the World Series. Speculation was that La Russa had been considered for the vacant Yankees gig, but the 2,375-game winner—third all-time—declined to speak with Bronx officials.