Tony La Russa takes over Diamondbacks’ front office
Hall of Fame manager will oversee all baseball operations for struggling franchise
PHOENIX — Tony La Russa is back in the big leagues, though he won’t filling out lineup cards any time soon.
The Arizona Diamondbacks hired La Russa as their chief baseball officer Saturday, hoping the Hall of Fame manager can help turn around the team after one of the worst starts in franchise history.
La Russa will report to Diamondbacks President Derrick Hall and oversee the entire baseball operations department. He will work with general manager Kevin Towers and manager Kirk Gibson in shaping the future of the Diamondbacks, who were 16-28 heading into Saturday night’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
“The entire organization is obviously frustrated with the results on the field and we are looking to improve,” Hall said. “Tony brings us a wealth of knowledge, experience and success, and will work closely with Kevin and Kirk in evaluating our current state to determine the future of our baseball operations.”
La Russa won three World Series titles and six league championships and was a four-time manager of the year in 33 seasons before retiring in 2011. He will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in July.
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• San Diego right-hander Andrew Cashner was placed on the 15-day DL because of soreness in his pitching elbow.