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La Russa worried about Bell's strike zone

Updated: October 16, 2005, 12:29 AM ET
By Buster Olney | ESPN The Magazine

HOUSTON -- Cardinals manager Tony La Russa sometimes will be direct in his criticisms after controversial plays, but Saturday afternoon, he took the unusual tactic of expressing concern about home plate umpire Wally Bell more than two hours before the first pitch was scheduled to be thrown.

In answering a general question about Roger Clemens, La Russa gave a short answer, and then swerved, bringing up the home plate umpire on his own.

"I have to tell you, my biggest concern -- not my biggest ...

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