Three days after winning his third World Series championship, St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa is retiring.
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La Russa managed thirty-three seasons with the Cardinals, Oakland Athletics and Chicago White Sox. He won six pennants, three each with the Cardinals and Athletics. His teams made fourteen playoff appearances, and his 2,728 victories rank third all-time behind Hall of Famers Connie Mack and John McGraw.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, La Russa is the only individual in the history of Major League Baseball to win a World Series in his final season as a manager.
"Tony leaves behind a legacy of success that will always be remembered as one of the most successful eras in Cardinals history," team chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. said. "I knew this day would come, I just hoped that it wouldn't."
When asked if he'll ever manage again, La Russa replied with, "No." He also said he has no plans to be a GM, but he may look into some sort of baseball job in the future.