Tony La Russa coming back to St. Louis

Oct. 25, 2009 at 11:32 PM
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ST. LOUIS, Oct. 25 (UPI) -- The St. Louis Cardinals are set to announce that Tony La Russa will return as manager next season, ESPN reported Sunday.

The team has scheduled a news conference for Monday morning to make the announcement, the report said.

ESPN said La Russa received a multiyear contract. La Russa refused to confirm or deny the report.

"We're getting closer," the 65-year-old La Russa said Sunday. "I can't tell you anything yet."

The report also said the team has fired Hal McRae has hitting coach and will replace him with former Cardinals' slugger Mark McGwire.

ESPN said La Russa's contract is for one year plus a mutual option for 2011.

La Russa has managed the Cardinals for 14 years. He led the team to the National League Central Division title this season before they were swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Division Series in three games.

His 2,552 career victories is third among managers all-time, behind Connie Mack (3,731) and John McGraw (2,763).

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