Mike Matheny gets two-year contract

Updated: November 14, 2011, 8:20 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. LOUIS -- Mike Matheny settled into Tony La Russa's desk chair in a freshly painted office minus all the knickknacks accumulated over 16 years by his predecessor. The stuffed tiger from the 2006 World Series title, the bust of TLR's favorite dog, the piles and piles of books -- all gone.

A blank slate -- just like the St. Louis Cardinals new manager, who has never filled out a lineup card in the majors.

Not that he hasn't thought about it.

"I loved spending the time ...

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