Major League Baseball Hall-of-Fame manager Tony LaRussa will get his first chance to run a professional organization. The Arizona Diamondbacks, who are having a miserable season, created the position for LaRussa, according to a team news release. LaRussa will serve as chief baseball officer and report to the team’s President/CEO Derrick Hall.
That means LaRussa will oversee virtually every part of the team’s operations, including the general manager, manager and players.
LaRussa enjoyed a storied career managing career with the Chicago White Sox, Oakland A’s and the St. Louis Cardinals before retiring in 2011. Only two managers have ever won more games as manager. LaRussa won three world series.
LaRussa’s managing career began with Iowa Oaks, Des Moines’ Triple “A” team at the time, in 1979. .