Tony LaRussa: Managerial Genius?

Nice post on LaRussa’s managerial blunder during the All-Star Game. That being said, of any sport, I think baseball managers affect wins and losses with in-game strategy the least.  I also commented on the post re: Lidge v. Pujols. I completely agree about LaRussa by the way. There’s nothing he does as a manager that makes me like him. A manager’s biggest responsibility is probably the morale of the clubhouse and the effort the players put forth.

The Soul of Baseball: Rivalries Part 3: Pujols vs. Closers

It’s no secret that I don’t like La Russa – I think he’s generally pompous and he acts on occasion like he’s bigger than the game. Both of these lovely traits were in perfect display when LaRussa commented to the St. Louis Post Dispatch after being told that Pujols wasn’t happy about being the only guy not to play: “Let me ask you this. If we go to extra innings, who’s going to be our player to move around and play? Can Dmitri [Young] move around and play? Or is Albert going to do that? Who’s the most versatile guy not playing? It’s Albert. It isn’t even that tough. He’ll figure it out sooner or later.”

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