Posted on October 31, 2011 at 8:08 AM
Monday, Oct 31 at 8:36 PM
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(KMOV.com) -- After 16 seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals, Tony La Russa announced that he is retiring.
Tony La Russa led the 2011 Cardinals team to an unlikely World Series run and ultimate win in true La Russa fashion.
La Russa managed the Cardinals since 1996 and led the team to two World Series wins and three National League pennants. The World Series win over Texas was the third of La Russa's 33-year career. The manager guided the Cardinals to the championship despite losing ace starter Adam Wainwright for the season in spring training and despite being 10 1/2 games behind Atlanta on August 25th.
On Monday at a press conference at Busch Stadium, La Russa announced he will not stay on as the Cards head coach. The Cardinals have won more games under La Russa than any other manager in Cardinal history.
He said he told the team about his decision Sunday night and recalled sharing tears with many of the players.
Tony has coached American and National League teams and is the first manager to win multiple pennants in both leagues.
La Russa retires third on the all-time wins list, just 35 behind John McGraw. In addition to this season, he won championships in Oakland in 1989 and St. Louis in 2006.