Tony La Russa Opens Up

On the final day of the St. Louis Cardinals Winter Warm Up, manager Tony La Russa opened up about his legacy, his teams, and his newest coach, Mark McGwire.

Though it was rumored that he would not speak, St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa did meet with the press on the final day of the team's annual Winter Warm Up. With some of the national media still in attendance, he shared his thoughts and feelings about his newest coach, Mark McGwire.

The 65-year-old manager also spoke about the legacy of his teams in Oakland which were perennial winners but now have a steroid stigma attached to their reputation. He also discussed the chances of Jim Edmonds returning to play for the Cardinals and even took time to talk about the upcoming edition of the reigning National League Champions.

Click below to hear La Russa's press conference, presented in four segments.

Segment 1

The skipper started by discussing Jim Edmonds' desire to return to the Cardinals and then the presser went right into TLR discussing Mark McGwire.

Segment 2

La Russa addresses the risks associated with naming Big Mac the team's new hitting coach and he discusses when he began to suspect that McGwire might have used steroids. Also, there is an interesting give and take regarding the debacle of the previous day's media session.

Segment 3

This segment starts with a discussion of Big Mac not paying his dues as a minor league coach. The manager then talks about his four expectations of his coaches before discussing the Hall-of-Fame.

Segment 4

Finally, the talk shifts from McGwire to the current team. La Russa discusses Albert Pujols' contract situation and the status of David Freese. He then compliments Colby Rasmus on his play as a rookie and talks about his expectations for his young centerfielder.

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