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Saturday, May 17, 2014

MLB.com: D-backs name La Russa chief baseball officer

The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) have appointed 2014 Hall of Fame inductee and 53-year baseball veteran Tony La Russa as Chief Baseball Officer, as announced by D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall. La Russa will report to Hall and oversee the entire Baseball Operations department.

La Russa will be introduced today by Hall and D-backs Managing General Partner Ken Kendrick at a 2 p.m. Arizona/Pacific time news conference in the Chase Field interview room.

Swedish Chef Posted: May 17, 2014 at 01:11 PM | 19 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. asinwreck Posted: May 17, 2014 at 04:24 PM (#4708830)
What's the over/under for days left before Towers is fired? 27?
   2. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: May 17, 2014 at 05:23 PM (#4708849)
What odds do I get if I want to bet the over?
   3. McCoy Posted: May 17, 2014 at 05:53 PM (#4708868)
Doesn't count if he is let go for health related reasons.
   4. bjhanke Posted: May 17, 2014 at 07:25 PM (#4708912)
Say what you will, this 70+-year-old man (TLR) just won't quit. He doesn't need money. He had a cushy job with the Commissioner's office, but no. He has to try to see if he can handle an entire baseball operation, apparently because he's just never had that particular job before. If I have his energy at his age, I'm gonna dance one happy jig for me. I can't root for TLR to actually turn the team into a superpower, just because his powers should at least be thinking about a vacation at this point, so it's too likely to be an unrealistic goal, but I can give respect where it's due. - Brock Hanke (exhausted at the thought)
   5. Steve Balboni's Personal Trainer Posted: May 17, 2014 at 08:13 PM (#4708926)
I'm with Brock. The man loves baseball, and he loves being in the middle of the action. Much respect.
   6. McCoy Posted: May 17, 2014 at 08:23 PM (#4708930)
How old was Pat Gillick when he was with the Phillies?
   7. Publius Publicola Posted: May 17, 2014 at 08:31 PM (#4708935)
What's the over/under for days left before Towers is fired? 27?


Tony doesn't believe in Kevin?
   8. valuearbitrageur Posted: May 18, 2014 at 01:54 AM (#4709012)
I'm not too excited because TLR strikes me as too old school for my taste.

I'm very excited because TLR is very smart, meaning the dumbest decisions TLR will make won't even be dumb enough to make the top 100 list of dumb Kevin Towers decisions. I'm not sure they'll even be able to carry on a conversation together.

And this should be the end of Kirk Gibson. I can't imagine a bigger contrast in managerial philosophy between a guy who used every arm and every bat available in the most advantages/effective manner possible, and a guy who wastes every out possible on the base paths while shredding starters arms en masse demanding they give him 100 pitches when struggling and already likely hurt.
   9. simon bedford Posted: May 18, 2014 at 10:48 AM (#4709063)
am i wrong in remebering a position player having to signal a pitching change during the playoffs because larussa was asleep at the switch? he didnt always act that smart and his rep of making awful decisions regarding pitchers is well known
   10. SoSHially Unacceptable Posted: May 18, 2014 at 10:55 AM (#4709066)
he didnt always act that smart and his rep of making awful decisions regarding pitchers is well known


He had some bullpen snafu in the Texas WS a few years back (the wrong guy warmed up, I believe), but I'm struggling to think of these awful decisions he's known for. The guy (with sidekick Duncan) is mostly known, exasperatingly so, for getting career-best performances from just about every hurler who rolled into town.
   11. simon bedford Posted: May 18, 2014 at 11:04 AM (#4709068)
ok my recollection is will clark of all people called for a pitcher to be taken out ( garret stephenson? ) when he injured his arm during a playoff game ( i could be remebering totally wrong)...also fans of his former teams considered him a butcher of arms, heard it many times.
   12. McCoy Posted: May 18, 2014 at 11:20 AM (#4709073)
Well, nowadays what manager isn't a butcher of arms? All the pitchers are getting injured regardless of who is the manager.
   13. simon bedford Posted: May 18, 2014 at 11:23 AM (#4709074)
i used to know a bunch of whitesox fans who hated larussa , believing he simply didnt understand how to use or develop pitching, i dont know how true it is but i heard it often. plus the guy is a drunk which isnt exactly showing off the smarts either
   14. shoewizard Posted: May 18, 2014 at 12:14 PM (#4709097)
Yeah imagine how many playoff appearances the Cardinals and A's would have had if it weren't for Larussa squandering all those resources.
   15. valuearbitrageur Posted: May 18, 2014 at 12:46 PM (#4709114)
Well, nowadays what manager isn't a butcher of arms? All the pitchers are getting injured regardless of who is the manager.


Show me another manager who forced his best young starters to throw 100 pitches in 3 innings while struggling heavily, and afterwards stated for the record that his starters "owe him" 100 pitches every start. Daniel Hudson had a handful of tough starts like that one half, then Tommy John, Ian Kennedy had a series of brutal starts being flogged like that and never was same since.
   16. shoewizard Posted: May 19, 2014 at 04:20 AM (#4709357)
Actually Kennedy is pitching very well, 2.55 FIp, 2.79 xFIP , and if current small samples sizes held up is working on career best K%, B%,HR%, & GB%. But that dastardly .327 BABIP and some high leverage issues (8 ER in 3.2 High Leverage Innings) are pumping up his ERA a bit.
   17. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: May 19, 2014 at 09:36 AM (#4709400)
i used to know a bunch of whitesox fans who hated larussa , believing he simply didnt understand how to use or develop pitching, i dont know how true it is but i heard it often.


It's been 28 years and 4,062 managerial games since he was with the White Sox. The criticisms of his time there may be legit but I don't know how relevant they are to who he is today.
   18. simon bedford Posted: May 19, 2014 at 09:49 AM (#4709407)
i can remeber every painful moment of joe torre managing my team and that was eons ago,fans tend not to forget
   19. asinwreck Posted: May 20, 2014 at 10:20 AM (#4710066)

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