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Tuesday
Oct142014

Chip Hale Named Manager of Diamondbacks

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(PHOENIX, AZ) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks have named Chip Hale as the new manager of their baseball franchise.

After finishing 64-98 last season under Kirk Gibson, who was fired with three games remaining in the season, the Diamondbacks tabbed the 49-year-old Hale to lead the team.  Hale spent the least three seasons as the third base coach for the Oakland Athletics.

In May, Arizona named Tony La Russa as the chief baseball officer.  After the season, the Diamondbacks fired GM Kevin Towers and named Dave Stewart as his replacement.

"When you walk into a room like that and you sit down to talk baseball you know this is the place you want to be." Hale said, in reference to working with La Russa, Stewart and special assistant to the team president Luiz Gonzalez.

Under the leadership of Towers and Gibson the Diamondbacks were 353-375.  While the team has promising players such as Mark Trumbo and Paul Goldschmidt, La Russa, Hale and Stewart will have work to do bringing in players that fit Arizona's style of play.

"We wanted a guy that would give us our best chance to communicate with the players that we have in our clubhouse," Stewart said of Hale. "The chemisty in our clubhouse is important and the guy that leads that chemistry is important."

 

 

 


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Monday
May192014

Tony La Russa Excited to Help the Diamondbacks Turn Things Around

Rich Piling/MLB Photos via Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- With his managerial career behind him, Tony La Russa is heading to the front office, joining the Arizona Diamondbacks as the team's chief baseball officer.

La Russa has been out of baseball since the end of the 2011 season when he was with the St. Louis Cardinals. Now he's turning attention to the Diamondbacks.

"The one message is that there's never an excuse to back off the effort," La Russa said. "If times are tough, you can't back off it. If times are good, you don't back off and take if for granted. You just remind them who's watching. Your fans are watching."

Through 44 games, the Diamondbacks have been a dissappointing, with a record of 18-28, 5th in the NL West.

La Russa will have to answer only to owner Ken Kendrick and team president Derrick Hall, meaning he has authority over general manager Kevin Towers.


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Saturday
May172014

Diamondbacks Hire La Russa as Chief Baseball Officer

Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks hired Hall-of-Fame manager Tony La Russa as their chief baseball officer Saturday.

La Russa has been hired to help turnaround a team that is currently one of the worst in baseball.

"The entire organization is obviously frustrated with the results on the field and we are looking to improve,"Diamondbacks president Derrick Hall said. "Tony brings us a wealth of knowledge, experience and success, and will work closely with Kevin and Kirk in evaluating our current state to determine the future of our baseball operations. He is excited and enthusiastic about the challenge, and we are fortunate to have this Hall of Famer on board and a part of the team."

La Russa recently served as a special assistant to Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig.

La Russa, who spent 33 big league seasons as a manager, is third all-time in managerial wins and also led three teams to World Series titles, the last coming in 2011.


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Monday
Dec092013

Cox, Torre, La Russa Elected to Hall Of Fame

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.) -- Retired managers Bobby Cox, Joe Torre and Tony La Russa were unanimously elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on Monday, by the expansion era committee.

Cox managed for 29 years in the big leagues, where he compiled a record of 2,504-2,001. During his 25 seasons as skipper of the Braves, he won a World Series championship and the National League pennant five times.

As manager of the New York Yankees from 1996-2007, Torre won four World Series titles (’96, ’98-’00), becoming just the fifth manager in big league history to accomplish the feat. In addition to the Bronx Bombers, he also led the New York Mets, Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers during his 29 year career (2,326-1997).

La Russa won two World Series championships as manager of the Cardinals and one as skipper of the Oakland Athletics. In his 33 year career, his record was 2,728-2,365.

Enshrinement ceremonies will take place in Cooperstown, N.Y. on July 27, 2014.

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Thursday
Jul052012

Yu Darvish and David Freese Win Final All-Star Spots

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish and St. Louis Cardinals third baseman David Freese won the final respective spots during the online voting ballot on Thursday and will be at the All-Star Game next week in Kansas City.

Freese was last year's World Series MVP and Darvish is a five-time All-Star in Japan.  Freese beat out Atlanta's Michael Bourn, Arizona's Aaron Hill, and Washington rookie Bryce Harper.  Darvish topped Baltimore's Jason Hammel, the Angels' Ernest Frieri, Kansas City's Jonathan Broxton, and Chicago's Jake Peavy.

"He has a lot of pride and he is very determined," Rangers president and Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan said of Darvish. "I truly believe he wants to be one of the best pitchers in the Major Leagues. He works very hard and he's focused. That's very positive for somebody who is 25 years old ... or at any age."

For Freese, he'll be back with his former manager, Tony La Russa who retired last year after winning the World Series.

"For me, it's not about going to the All-Star Game," Freese explained. "It's about playing for Tony La Russa one more time."

The 83rd Midsummer Classic will be held on July 10.

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Wednesday
Jan252012

La Russa Will Manage 2012 NL All-Stars

Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) --  Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig announced on Tuesday that former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa will come out of retirement for a day to manage the National League All-Star team in July.

La Russa -- who retired gracefully after leading his Cardinals team to one of the most miraculous comebacks of all-time to get into the playoffs and then win the World Series -- will be the second retired manager to manage the All-Star game, joining Hall of Famer John McGraw.

"Tony earned this opportunity with the remarkable run the Cardinals completed last October, and I am delighted that he shared my enthusiasm about staying in this role," Selig said in a statement. "The All-Star Game celebrates all the best of our game, and it is very appropriate that we will have the chance to celebrate one of the greatest managerial careers of all time as a part of our festivities."

This year's All-Star game will take place in Kansas City on July 10.

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Monday
Nov142011

Cardinals Hire Former Catcher Mike Matheny as Manager

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- When former St. Louis Cardinals Manager Tony La Russa retired after this past season, he did so with 2,728 career wins in the major leagues. The man who will replace him has a grand total of zero career wins -- at least as a manager. The team will hire former catcher Mike Matheny to succeed La Russa as manager of a team that is fresh off a World Series championship.

Matheny's baseball resume on the field is certainly one to be proud of. He spent 13 seasons in the major leagues where he played for the Brewers, Cardinals, and Giants. Matheny spent six seasons with the Cardinals. During his time with the team (2000-2004), Matheny won three of his four career Gold Glove awards and was part of a Cardinals team in 2004 that reached the World Series.

While Matheny's on the field resume isn't in question, there are concerns over his managerial resume -- principally, because it doesn't exist. Despite the inexperience, the team is confident Matheny will bring the same leadership qualities that he brought to the field as a player.

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Monday
Oct312011

Tony La Russa Retires

Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images(ST. LOUIS) -- St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa announced his retirement Monday, three days after the Cardinals beat the Texas Rangers in the World Series.

"I feel great about what's here for 2012," La Russa told reporters during a press conference to announce his retirement.  "The job is, everybody knows, is a great place to manage, and the team is very solid so I feel really good about leaving."

The 67-year-old La Russa, who spent the past sixteen years in St. Louis, won three World Series titles during his 33 seasons as a manager, two with the Cardinals and one with the Oakland Athletics.  He is third on the all-time wins list.

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Tuesday
Oct252011

Rangers Top Cardinals 4-2 in Game 5 of World Series; Take 3-2 Series Lead

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- Can you hear me now? Cardinals Manager Tony La Russa might be asking that after a phone call may have cost his team a World Series title.

With the game tied at 2 in the eighth inning, Rangers catcher Mike Napoli hit a go-ahead RBI double off Cardinals reliever Mark Rzepczynski to take a 4-2 lead. The problem though was that Rzepczynski was never supposed to face the red-hot Napoli in the first place. La Russa earlier had called bullpen coach Derek Lilliquist because he wanted pitcher Jason Motte to face Napoli. Lilliquist thought he heard "Lynn," as in relief pitcher Matt Lynn. Lynn was not supposed to pitch that night, and with Motte not ready to go into the game, La Russa was forced to keep Rzepczynski in -- and the team paid for it.

When asked about the miscommuniation between he and the bullpen, La Russa blamed the incident on crowd noise.

"I mean, it's loud down there and sometimes you call down there and you have to wait until the crowd and a guy gets up late. I mean, this is not unusual," La Russa said.

Regardless of how or why it happened, the Rangers are now just one win away from their first World Series title in franchise history. Game 6 will be played Wednesday night in St. Louis.

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