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Tony LaRussa

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Joe Torre’s Formula for Success

Joe Torre reached the Hall of Fame in his field the same way you can get to the top in yours. He did it by knowing the biggest problem he had to solve. In Torre’s case it was George Steinbrenner, who hired him to manage the New York Yankees but who had a habit of […]

Olympics: Was losing games all that wrong?

Let me ask this question in all seriousness: Was it so wrong for four Olympic badminton teams to throw games? To me, the actions of the South Korea, China and Indonesia teams were nothing but a tactic. If their object was to win the gold medal, shouldn’t they be able to maneuver to do i? […]

Deliberately Losing

With all the talk of NFL teams resting their stars to keep them from injury entering the playoffs, critics have raised the issue of integrity. What happened in the NFL the last two weeks is nothing compared to a controversy during the 1981 baseball season. Two big-league managers — Tony LaRussa and Whitey Herzog — […]

Controlling What You Can

Yesterday Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals hit two more home runs, prompting a reporter to ask Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa if Pujols deserves to be voted this year’s Most Valuable Player. Answered LaRussa, “Those kinds of questions are distractions, and I don’t answer them.” Though the reporter probably didn’t appreciate LaRussa’s response, it […]