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Wed, 09/05/2012 - 9:45am  

La Russa on D&C: 'I'm done' managing

Former major league manager Tony La Russa, speaking with Dennis & Callahan on Wednesday morning, made it clear that he's not interested in returning to the field -- ending speculation that he might consider becoming a candidate in Boston should Bobby Valentine be fired.

"Nope, I'm done," La Russa said. "I've had my time."

Added La Russa: "I've had enough of the dugout. It's time to move on, and I have no regrets."

La Russa, who is in Seattle watching the Red Sox and Mariners as part of his job as MLB commissioner Bud Selig's assistant for special assignments, did admit to having an interest in a front office position.

"I signed when I was 17, until last year it's almost 50 years of waking up every day during the season and your life revolving around the score of the game," he said. "I've talked to the commissioner about that. I very much appreciate the opportunity to stay close to the game, but I miss the winning and losing. If there's an opportunity sometime with a team in the office, that could be possible."

The 67-year-old, who guided the Cardinals to the 2011 World Series title before retiring, continues to be a supporter of Valentine.

"He's a very good baseball man," La Russa said. "And he's not afraid to make a decision. Look at his track record: He takes on that assignment in Japan and produces a champion. But yeah, sometimes, everybody goes through it. The organization goes through it. You just have a tough year. Your best laid plans, they go sideways when there's some injuries."

La Russa sympathized with the Red Sox, who ended a seven-game losing streak Tuesday night.

"When you're having a tough time, it's hard to win a game. I mean, it really is hard," La Russa said. "You can see it. Nobody is accepting it. Guys are upset -- coaching staff, managers. It's not fun."

To hear the interview, go to the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page. For more Red Sox news, visit the team page at weei.com/redsox.




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