(KMOV)—Retired St. Louis Cardinals manager, Tony La Russa will manage the 2012 National League All- Stars, the Major League Baseball commissioner announced on Tuesday.
Tony La Russa will lead for the third time as the manager of the National League All-Star Team for the 2012 Midsummer Classic at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Commissioner Allan H. Selig announced today.
“Tony earned this opportunity with the remarkable run that the Cardinals completed last October, and I am delighted that he shared my enthusiasm about his staying in this role. The All-Star Game celebrates all the best of our game, and it is very appropriate that we will have the chance to celebrate one of the greatest managerial careers of all-time as a part of our festivities,” Commissioner Selig said .
This will mark his sixth Midsummer classic managerial assignment, starting as an All-Star skipper in 1989. He has a 3-2 record in his five Midsummer Classics. La Russa will be the second retired manager to lead an All-Star team.
The remainder of La Russa’s coaching staff will be announced in the months ahead.
La Russa, 67, managed 33 years in the Major Leagues, with the Chicago White Sox (1979-1986), the A’s (1986-1995) and the Cardinals (1996-2011). His clubs won three World Series Championships and made six World Series overall. The four-time BBWAA Manager of the Year won three National League pennants (2004, 2006, 2011) with St. Louis, including its National League-best 10th and 11th World Series Championships.
The 2012 All-Star Game will be played at Kauffman Stadium on Tuesday, July 10th.