Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig announced today that Tony La Russa would manage the National League team in the 2012 All Star Game. La Russa, 67, earned the honor when he managed the St. Louis Cardinals to the 2011 World Series, the managers for each team that makes the World Series is selected to manage the next year’s All Star Game. However, La Russa retired at the end of the 2011 season. While many fans wanted him to come back and manage once more, there wasn’t really a precedent to know whether he would.
This will be La Russa’s third time managing the NL All Stars, putting him at six total as he managed the American League three times as well.
The game will be in Kansas City this year. The interesting storyline that already has Cardinals’ fans buzzing is the potential of Albert Pujols being an American League All Star next season and seeing how Tony treats that strategically.
After retiring from the game after 16 seasons, Mr. La Russa gets a curtain call for possibly the first time in his career.