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Rumor: Don’t be surprised to see TLR managing the Angels

Despite Tony La Russa‘s insistence that he would never manage again after retiring from the St. Louis Cardinals following the 2011 season, rumors persist about his potential return to the dugout.

The last-place Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim could be the California resident’s next destination – if the high-priced roster continues to lose games, says Charley Walters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. The matter-of-fact rumor appears near the end of a laundry-list Sunday column, as part of a reminder that the Angels are coming to town to take on the local Twins nine.

It is unclear whether the La Russa item is based on actual conversation or is simply a hunch by the long-time Minnesota columnist. Either way, the idea is more intriguing than a vast majority of the recent TLR speculation.

Manager Mike Scioscia has been on the hot-seat for some time and his 2013 club is making matters worse. His 2002 World Series title is a distant memory, having been celebrated over a decade in the past. That was before Arte Moreno bought the team and began a free agent spending spree intended to bring another title to L.A.

Even reaching the playoffs has been a problem in recent years with the 2009 club being the last Angels entry to play on into October. Albert Pujols’ second-edition Halos are off to a rough 4-8 start that has them tied with the woeful Houston Astros in the cellar of the re-tooled American League West.

As a footnote, the 68-year-old La Russa donning the Angels uniform would certainly make interleague play a lot more interesting this summer. Imagine the additional fireworks that would be in store when the Cardinals play in Anaheim from July 2-4!

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12 Responses to “Rumor: Don’t be surprised to see TLR managing the Angels”

  1. blingboy says:

    Its funny but not that funny.

    Arte would think its just about managing the talent, but TLR would know that its about acquiring the complimentary pieces and about chemistry. He would know it would be a couple year project, minimum. He would know DiPoto and Moreno would have to be willing to take direction.

    If Arte were to be serious about it the first thing he should do is enlist Schmalbert in the effort. Then dust off his checkbook. Then work a deal for Skip.

    Who knows, Tony is at an age where he might think back to the Canseco-Parker-McGwire days and get all tingly.

    • Brian Walton says:

      If TLR would take any on-field job, this might be the one. However, it still feels like a long shot to me. In accepting another managerial assignment, TLR would seemingly have to abandon any hopes he might have of getting a front-office spot. One would have to assume a managerial job would require a multi-year commitment. By the time that would be up, he would be in his seventies.

    • kray66 says:

      I just don’t see Arte and TLR’s styles working. Like you said, TLR is a complimentary piece and chemistry guy. Arte just expects to write a check and win. I hate that style of baseball, and probably enjoy seeing those teams lose as much as I do the Cubs and Reds.

      • blingboy says:

        Well, I can’t go quite that far. I do enjoy seing the money guys lose. but not as much as seeing the Cubs and Reds lose.

        My feeling about Tony is there are aspects of front office jobs that he just wouldn’t want to have to do day in day out.

  2. blingboy says:

    Last start Lynn went 101 pitches but only 6 innings. I’m hoping he will be more efficient tonight.

  3. Bw52 says:

    Angels pitching has really gone into the crapper this season.Weaver getting hurt is a major hit.Nobody else is stepping up.I wish Albert well and hold no grudge toward him.

  4. Brian Walton says:

    TLR denies any interest in the job and reaffirms he is done managing.

  5. crdswmn says:

    Franky, I am little perturbed no one congratulated me for not commenting on this thread. 🙂

  6. WestCoastbirdWatcher says:

    Angels didn’t need pitching…….Texas…… way…..Dodgers…………???? were good…… the fox underground railroad………… Miller looks like he has something to offer….. the have totally screwed up rosenthal……… that is just poor planning to give that kid any advice. He had years to learn a few more pitches……………

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