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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Angels hire Tony La Russa as baseball operations special assistant

The Angels have announced that the organization hired Tony La Russa as a special assistant in baseball operations.

La Russa, 75, had been the vice president and a special assistant to the president of baseball operations with the Red Sox for the past two years. From May 2014 to November 2017, La Russa was the chief baseball officer and, later, the chief baseball analyst with the Diamondbacks.

So, any thoughts as for how much actual power La Russa will have?

 

QLE Posted: November 13, 2019 at 12:24 AM | 21 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. JimMusComp likes Billy Eppler.... Posted: November 13, 2019 at 12:31 AM (#5900730)
Free drinks all around!
   2. JimMusComp likes Billy Eppler.... Posted: November 13, 2019 at 12:31 AM (#5900731)
[Double Post]
   3. Howie Menckel Posted: November 13, 2019 at 12:57 AM (#5900736)
I had Post 3 in the pool, so I lost
   4. Jeff Francoeur's OPS Posted: November 13, 2019 at 07:50 AM (#5900747)
If I were 75 and had LaRussa's money, I wouldn't be anywhere near an office.
   5. The Duke Posted: November 13, 2019 at 09:07 AM (#5900762)
LaRussa on a mission to work for every team’s front office before retirement
   6. PreservedFish Posted: November 13, 2019 at 09:47 AM (#5900777)
If I were 75 and had LaRussa's money, I wouldn't be anywhere near an office.


What if you only had to show up like 50 days a year, and they were going to give you even more money?
   7. Nasty Nate Posted: November 13, 2019 at 09:52 AM (#5900782)
What if you only had to show up like 50 days a year, and they were going to give you even more money?
And for a good chunk of that time, you were in a private box watching a live baseball game.
   8. PreservedFish Posted: November 13, 2019 at 10:01 AM (#5900790)
Right, I find it tough to imagine that LaRussa is ever expected to just be in his office. I'm sure he lives wherever he lives, which is where he lived when he was working for Arizona and Boston. They fly him in for conferences, he spends a few weeks at spring training walking around and doing whatever he wants to do, etc. For an oldster it's just about perfect, just enough activity to prevent him from sitting at home and just watching Court TV 11 hours per day, but not enough to actually be fatiguing. Maybe he even gets a few junkets to DR or the like.
   9. Jeff Francoeur's OPS Posted: November 13, 2019 at 10:46 AM (#5900820)
Well, in that case...
   10. RJ in TO Posted: November 13, 2019 at 10:56 AM (#5900829)
If I were 75 and had LaRussa's money, I wouldn't be anywhere near an office.
It's just a part time gig for beer money.
   11. Golfing Great Mitch Cumstein Posted: November 13, 2019 at 03:14 PM (#5900925)
Are his jobs just a series of people taking care of him for past favors? He doesn't stick around long and doesn't seem to make much of an impact.
   12. Itchy Row Posted: November 13, 2019 at 03:54 PM (#5900933)
Historically, Albert Pujols has been a lot better when he’s had the same employer as Tony LaRussa.
   13. eric Posted: November 13, 2019 at 04:01 PM (#5900936)
Are his jobs just a series of people taking care of him for past favors? He doesn't stick around long and doesn't seem to make much of an impact.


Or people are hiring GENIUS HOF 2700-WIN MANAGER TONY LA-F'in-RUSSA, and finding out he doesn't make much of an impact and letting him go.
   14. jmurph Posted: November 13, 2019 at 04:37 PM (#5900943)
Are his jobs just a series of people taking care of him for past favors?

Hey if it's good enough for other industries, it's good enough for baseball!
   15. JAHV Posted: November 13, 2019 at 04:45 PM (#5900950)
What impact is La Russa going to have on the baseball team or on baseball operations? I feel like Moreno is adding the wrong kind of front office personnel.
   16. Jose Goes to Absurd Lengths for 50K Posted: November 13, 2019 at 05:15 PM (#5900959)
People made a big deal when the Sox hired him which I found silly. He’s at the stage of his life and career where he’s like an aging member of a board of directors. Sounding board, counsel and just general guy who knows things.
   17. Jay Seaver Posted: November 13, 2019 at 06:56 PM (#5900978)
Huh, I thought the Red Sox were keeping him around, even though they let the rest of Dombrowski's inner circle go. Did I miss something where Chaim Bloom decided he didn't need/want LaRussa after all?
   18. asinwreck Posted: November 13, 2019 at 07:25 PM (#5900983)
Chaim Bloom is more of a Don Zimmer guy, so LaRussa's a little too new wave for his tastes.
   19. The Yankee Clapper Posted: November 13, 2019 at 07:47 PM (#5900986)
Huh, I thought the Red Sox were keeping him around, even though they let the rest of Dombrowski's inner circle go.
The article I saw suggested it was La Russa’s choice to move on.
   20. base ball chick Posted: November 13, 2019 at 11:37 PM (#5901016)
la russa made a mess of things when he ran the dbax

WHY would anyone want him as a "special advisor"? i mean, what would he actually DO?
   21. Ben Broussard Ramjet Posted: November 14, 2019 at 08:55 AM (#5901036)
People made a big deal when the Sox hired him which I found silly. He’s at the stage of his life and career where he’s like an aging member of a board of directors. Sounding board, counsel and just general guy who knows things.


In this type of case, I often assume it's "just general guy who knows lots of other guys".

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