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Tony La Russa stresses effort

Updated: May 20, 2014, 6:10 AM ET
Associated Press

PHOENIX -- Tony La Russa said effort was the main theme of his first talk to Arizona Diamondbacks players in his new role as the team's chief baseball officer.

"It was just a real brief effort to tell them what I hope to contribute," he said of his meeting with players before their game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday.

Headed to the Hall of Fame this year for his success as a manager, La Russa said he told players that competition doesn't start with talent, but with the ...

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