Major League Baseball announced Tuesday that Tony La Russa will come out of retirement to manage the National League All-Stars in the 2012 All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City. That news pleased Texas Rangers manager Ron Washington, who will manage the AL team for the second consecutive season.
"He deserved to be the manager of the All-Star Game. He won the World Series," Washington said Tuesday. "It's nice that baseball reached out to him to make sure he had the opportunity to do that and I'm glad Tony accepted."
La Russa will be the second retired manager to coach an All-Star team. John McGraw, a Hall of Famer, retired after the 1932 season and managed the All-Star Game in 1933. Washington, though, is just focused on trying to win the game. The NL defeated Washington's AL squad last year, giving St. Louis the homefield advantage over the Rangers in the World Series in 2011 (a loss by the AL in 2010 also gave the San Francisco Giants homefield advantage over Texas in the 2010 Fall Classic).
"I’m looking forward to managing that game again," Washington said. "I'd like another shot at beating the NL team. Hopefully, we can come away with a win this time."
Some good news for Washington: Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder, two of the top hitters in the game, are now in the AL. And it was Fielder's home run (off former Ranger C.J. Wilson) that helped the NL win the game last year (Fielder was named MVP).