The big news in Major League Baseball on Monday morning was St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa retiring after 33 years as a big league manager. LaRussa couldn't have picked a higher note on which to go out, winning the World Series on Friday night, his third championship. LaRussa's departure means that Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia is now the longest-tenured manager in MLB.â†µ
Scioscia began his managerial career in 2000 with the Angels, and won a World Series in his third season. He has made the playoffs six times in 12 seasons in Anaheim, including five division titles in a six-year span from 2004-2010. As a manager, Scioscia has 1,066 wins and 878 losses, a .546 winning percentage, the highest winning percentage and most wins in Angels franchise history.â†µ
LaRussa, who managed the Cardinals for the last 16 seasons, retires with 2,728 wins, third all-time behind Connie Mack and John McGraw, both of whom are in the Hall of Fame. LaRussa will soon join them, possibly alongside Bobby Cox and former Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees manager Joe Torre in 2014.â†µ
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