Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

La Russa Selected Manager of Year It's Third Time He's Won Associated Press Award

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

La Russa Selected Manager of Year It's Third Time He's Won Associated Press Award

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Tony La Russa lives the cliche of taking the baseball season one game at a time. He rarely looked back while managing the Cardinals this summer, and almost never looked beyond the next game.

But he has enjoyed reflecting on the Cardinals' season since it ended in a Game 7 loss to the Atlanta Braves in the National League Championship Series.

"Watching the team come together on and off the field, that was a real treat," La Russa said. "To me, it was a pretty fascinating story when you went through all the challenges we faced." The story picked up a bright epilogue Wednesday. La Russa, who led the Cards from next-to-last in the National League to the NL Central championship in his first season in the league, won The Associated Press manager of the year award. La Russa received 49 votes in balloting by a nationwide panel of sports writers and broadcasters. Bruce Bochy of NL West champion San Diego was second with 30 votes, and Johnny Oates of AL West champion Texas was third with 27. Joe Torre, fired by the Cardinals in 1995 and now manager of the World Series-champion New York Yankees, was fourth with 19. Voting was completed before the start of the playoffs. La Russa earned the honor for the third time. He also won in 1983 with the Chicago White Sox and in 1992 with Oakland. "Actually, I'm kind of thrilled," La Russa said. "I've understood what it's meant in the past. Usually, it seems to go to the team that came the furthest since the previous year. At least that's the best explanation I'veheard." If there's a different explanation, La Russa probably wouldn't listen to it. "With that explanation," he said, "you're talking about the team, the players, the staff, the front office, the coaches. So in getting the award, I'm excited for the St. Louis Cardinals." As he has all year, La Russa said he didn't want the spotlight on himself. …

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