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La Russa pondering 17th year

La Russa pondering 17th year

Posted: Tuesday, October 18, 2011 7:02 pm

By R.B. FALLSTROM
AP Sports Writer
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Tony La Russa sounds like he wants to return as St. Louis Cardinals manager next season.
Before Game 5 of the NL championship series Friday night, La Russa expressed excitement about the talent in place. He said there was so much right-handed depth in the bullpen that some pitchers might have to be viewed as starters, even though the team already has its rotation in place for 2012.
“We don’t get into 2012, but I think it’s a fair comment to make: What’s happened to this club on the right-handed bullpen side is very exciting going forward,” La Russa said.
“Our focus is right now, we’re not talking about 2012 or anybody’s free agency,” La Russa said.
“The nucleus of this club, I think it’s pretty well set. There are a lot of things that are for sure about next year’s club that I think make it literally an outstanding situation.”
But then he stopped himself.
“Baseball gods,” he said, “that is the last time I’m going to talk about 2012.”
Published in The Messenger 10.18.11

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