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Tony La Russa's call gone wrong

Noisy park makes it impossible for manager to get right reliever in at crucial time

Updated: October 25, 2011, 4:59 AM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Tony La Russa has spent 33 years in the big leagues building a reputation as attentive to the point of anal on the subject of bullpen management. No detail is too trivial to be overlooked, and La Russa has zero qualms about turning a garden-variety, 2-hour, 45-minute ballgame into a marathon of "Schindler's List'' length rather than relinquish a shred of a crumb of an advantage.

So when a string of inexplicable decisions and questionable moves began popping up in the ...

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