After 33 years and three World Series championships, legendary manager Tony La Russa decided to go out on top. The longtime manager of the St. Louis Cardinals announced his retirement on Monday morning during a press conference at Busch Stadium.
La Russa finished with an overall managerial record of 2,728-2,365 and was one of two managers -- along with Sparky Anderson -- in the history of the game to win a world title in both the A.L. and N.L.
Although La Russa's intense managing style could be divisive, it is impossible to argue that it wasn't effective. Retiring just days after winning the 2011 World Series with the Cardinals, La Russa caught fans, players and even members of the media by surprise. While his retirement may dim the Cards' hopes of repeating as champs -- and of retaining Albert Pujols -- it is hard to imagine a better way for a veteran coach to leave the game.
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