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St. Louis Manager Tony La Russa Retires After 33 Years

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Tom Pennington, Getty Images

St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa decided to walk away from the game Monday, announcing his retirement after a 33-year Major League career.

The announcement came as a bit of a shock, as La Russa made the decision just three days after winning a dramatic seven-game World Series against the Texas Rangers.

“I think this just feels like it’s time to end it,” the 67-year-old La Russa said at a news conference at Busch Stadium.

The World Series win over the Rangers was La Russa’s third championship title in his career. He was able to guide the Cardinals to the championship despite being 10 ½ games behind the Atlanta Braves on Aug. 25 for the final playoff spot in the National League.

La Russa retires third on the all-time wins list, only 35-wins behind the second-place John McGraw. In addition to this season’s World Series victory, La Russa won championships in Oakland in 1989 and with St. Louis once before in 2006.

Believe it or not, he is the first manager to retire immediately after his club won the World Series.

For a complete write up on La Russa’s career click here.

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