La Russa emphatically said the job is not Joe Torre's former position -- executive vice president for baseball operations for Major League Baseball. Torre resigned his post in January to join a group that is bidding for ownership of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The job, La Russa said, will be to undertake special assignments under the the baseball operations umbrella, essentially working at the behest of commissioner Bud Selig.
La Russa, looking very relaxed, said "I'm not missing the baseball side yet," when asked Tuesday about his retirement.
Buster Olney is a senior writer covering Major League Baseball for ESPN The Magazine.