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Hall gives Cards' Southworth his due: Late Cardinals manager Billy Southworth was praised by team owner Bill DeWitt for being"a winner in every sense"during Sunday's Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
2008 Cards: Shift is on: Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt (left) advocates a simple goal — that six organizational products in the same lineup not signify a rebuilding phase.
DeWitt III assumes Lamping's old job: Bill DeWitt's immediate challenges include reviving the team's signature off-field endeavor, Ballpark Village, and proving to Cardinal Nation that his promotion is about more than just family ties..
La Russa Expects to Return: Cardinals Manager Tony La Russa told The St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he would be back for a 13th season with St. Louis, barring complications in discussions with the teamâ€™s chairman, Bill DeWitt Jr. His three-year deal expired at the end of the season.
La Russa indicates he'll come back to Cardinals: ST. LOUIS— Cardinals manager Tony La Russa expects to return for a 13th season with St. Louis, and might commit to the team before it selects a general manager. La Russa told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he'd be back barring complications in discussions with team chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. His three-year deal expired at the end of the season.
La Russa expects to return as Cardinals manager:
St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa expects to return for a 13th season with St. Louis, and may commit to the team before it selects a new general manager.La Russa told theSt. Louis Post-Dispatchthat he'd be back barring complications in discussions with team chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. His three-year deal expired at the end of the season."The fact that we're talking pretty much daily and everything is progressing tells you where it's heading and where we'd like it to end up,"La Russa said in a story that appeared in Saturday's editions."Obviously, that's assuming nothing falls through the cracks."La Russa left a message for The Associated Press on Saturday saying he was only talking to thePost-Dispatchabout his situation.La Russa told the newspaper he has not delayed his decision to gauge possible interest from the New York Yankees, who has parted ways with manager Joe Torre.Is Mattingly ready?Don Mattingly didn't necessarily say much. He let his bat do most of the talking. But now, it might be his turn to take a hack at managing the New York Yankees.The question is, would he be ready?A leading candidate to succeed Joe Torre, Mattingly has never managed before. Not in the minors, not in college, probably not even in a Sunday evening beer league."It's like following John Wooden or something,"Mattingly said."This guy wins championship after championship and we're in the playoffs in every year.... So as far as someone coming in and taking over this job, it's not necessarily a great situation."Still, the 46-year-old Mattingly is scheduled to interview for the job early next week with team ownership in Tampa, Fla.Yankees first base coach and former Royals manager Tony Pena also was invited to interview, along with Joe Girardi, the former Florida manager who also served as a bench coach for Torre.The club plans to interview up to five or six candidates, according to George Steinbrenner's son, Hank.ONLINE: mlb.com
La Russa: St. Louis is 'where I want to be': Cardinals manager Tony La Russa expects to return for a 13th season with St. Louis, and may commit to the team before it selects a new general manager.La Russa told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he'd be back barring complications in discussions with team chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. His three-year deal expired at the end of the season.
La Russa expects to return to Cardinals (AP): Cardinals manager Tony La Russa expects to return for a 13th season with St. Louis, and may commit to the team before it selects a new general manager. La Russa told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he'd be back barring complications in discussions with team chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. His three-year deal expired at the end of the season.
Tony expects to be back with Cards: Cardinals manager Tony La Russa confirmed Friday that he is prepared to return for a 13th season in his current post, barring unforeseen complications in his ongoing talks with team chairman Bill DeWitt Jr.
Tony’s back . . . almost: Cardinals manager Tony La Russa confirmed Friday that he is prepared to return for a 13th season in his current post, barring unforeseen complications in his ongoing talks with team chairman Bill DeWitt Jr.
Citing a need for urgency as free agency approaches, La Russa on Friday eased his previous demand that the club find a general manager before he commits to a new contract.
DeWitt extends the search for Cards' new GM: Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt says his search for the Cardinals' next general manager may extend beyond the World Series and into November.
While the club waits on a new general manager, it is increasingly confident that manager Tony La Russa will return for a 13th season.
Philosophy clash led to Cardinals firing Jocketty: Walt Jocketty's ouster as general manager in St. Louis was the result of a difference of philosophy rather than a power struggle. In 13 years under Jocketty, who grew up in Minneapolis, the Cardinals reached the playoffs seven times and won the World Series once. That Series conquest made his departure all the more curious because it came only a year later. Jocketty, 56, said he was caught in a difference in strategic approach to building the team. Bill DeWitt Jr., the managing partner, sided with the vice president for player development and amateur scouting, Jeff Luhnow
Cards meet with White Sox assistant GM: The Cardinals entered the second phase of their search for a successor to Walt Jocketty, with Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. and President Mark Lamping meeting with Chicago White Sox assistant general manager Rick Hahn in Jupiter, Fla., Friday.
La Russa will wait as Cards search for GM: Sitting in limbo somewhere near the Bay Area, Tony La Russa emphasized Tuesday that he won't commit to another term as Cardinals manager until chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. can at least provide direction where the club's general manager search might end.
While the club continues to confirm whether it has initiated interviews, an industry source confirmed Tuesday that DeWitt has begun contacting candidates for an initial round of phone conversations.
Jocketty reviews ouster: Two days after Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. thought it best to make a front-office change, Walt Jocketty offered a mix of relief and regret, initially saying he felt "beat up" before later expressing a desire to take the same post with another organization.
Cubs on brink of elimination after 8-4 loss: Two days after Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. thought it best to make a front-office change, Walt Jocketty offered a mix of relief and regret, initially saying he felt "beat up" before later expressing a desire to take the same post with another organization.
Jocketty is out as Cardinals' general manager: Walt Jocketty is out after 13 seasons as general manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, one year after the team won the World Series for the first time since 1982. Team president Mark Lamping said Jocketty's departure with a year remaining on his contract was a mutual decision, and that he'd be paid. "We were in agreement our arrangement had likely run its course," Cardinals CEO Bill DeWitt Jr. said. It's unclear how Jocketty's departure affects the status of manager Tony La Russa, whose contract expired after the season. Jocketty, who grew up in Minneapolis, hired
Cardinals and Jocketty part ways: The Cardinals will begin an intensive search today for general manager Walt Jocketty's successor while still awaiting word from free-agent manager Tony La Russa about whether he will return to an organization suddenly in flux.
Citing a widening front-office split, Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. dismissed Jocketty, the longest-tenured GM in club history, during a Wednesday morning meeting at DeWitt's Clayton home.
Jocketty out as Cardinals GM (AP):
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Walt Jocketty is out after 13 seasons as general manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, one year after the team won the World Series for the first time since 1982. Team president Mark Lamping said Jocketty's departure with a year remaining on his contract was a mutual decision, and that he'd be paid. Team chief executive officer Bill DeWitt Jr.
La Russa remains undecided on future: Cardinals manager Tony La Russa spoke with the media on Monday afternoon, the day after his club concluded their season by winning their 78th game and following a few hours of organizational meetings with owner Bill DeWitt and general manager Walt Jocketty.
La Russa to 'clear head' before making decision on staying: La Russa said he tries to ignore chatter about his managerial future and his many speculated landing spots (check Seattle off the list; John McLaren is returning for 2008). He kidded that Cardinals Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. has offered him the chance to return as manager, but that the offer is "pulled off the table" after each loss. Jokes aside, La Russa confirmed that both the owner and general manager have asked La Russa to return as manager. He's waiting until the season is over to make his decision. "It's been a demanding year," he said. "I want to clear my head a little bit."
MLB Notebook: Ankiel's'unusual case'will not change policy: Cardinals chairman and general partner Bill DeWitt Jr. ...
Jon Heyman: Billionaire Cardinals owner says he's no cheapskate: Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt decided to contact SI.com's Jon Heyman and discuss, among other things, whether or not the wealthy owner shortchanged the champions this offseason.
Braves' sale includes role for Aaron (AP):
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Hank Aaron will be getting a bigger role with the Atlanta Braves following the team's sale from Time Warner Inc. to Liberty Media Corp. The deal, which Braves chairman Terry McGuirk said values the franchise at $450 million, was unanimously approved by baseball owners at a special meeting called Wednesday night to beat a midnight change in tax laws.
DeWitt backs La Russa '100 percent': Challenged for almost two weeks by the death of relief pitcher Josh Hancock, Cardinals Chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. expressed "100 percent support" for Tony La Russa and his handling of what La Russa has called a "brutal" situation.
"Tony has my 100 percent support as Cardinals manager," DeWitt said earlier this week. "That hasn't changed one bit, and I don't anticipate that changing."
Cardinals' staff, alums get their World Series jewelry: General manager Walt Jocketty received the first one and manager Tony La Russa the second from Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. Then the Cardinals' players, coaches, trainers and support personnel who were part of the wild 2006 championship ride fairly bounded out of the first-base dugout before the Cardinals-New York Mets game.
DeWitt insists Cardinals made fair offer to Weaver: Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. insisted Wednesday night the club's unwillingness to match the Seattle Mariners' one-year, $8.325 million bid for righthander Jeff Weaver had everything to do with the value placed on the free agent and nothing to do with the organization's financial flexibility.
DeWitt reiterated the club had serious interest in returning Weaver to its starting rotation but not at any cost.
SNAPSHOT THE RING: Looking for a way to capture the Cardinals' World Series victory in bling, club senior vice president Bill DeWitt III (left) found inspiration in celebration.
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