Monday, October 31, 2011
Hats off to Tony LaRussa
I've never been a Tony LaRussa fan... but man you have to respect him.
He is probably the greatest manager of our time. If he's not, he's in the conversation.
And he retired as a World Series champ.
No backstabbing, book writing, passive aggressive swiping at management here.
This isn't Torre or Francona's ending where you need to remind people of the good times.
He's out on top after winning the best World Series in a decade.
He has three World Series titles. No need to apologize for not winning more. He has as many World Series titles as Leo Durocher, Earl Weaver and Whitey Herzog combined.
I was never a fan.
But man I am an admirer.
Ozzie Guillen, Bruce Bochy, Charlie Manuel, Joe Girardi, Davey Johnson, Mike Scioscia and Jim Leyland are the only current managers who have won a World Series title now.
None more than one.
Who will take the title of "Best Current Manager?"