Tony La Russa was one of the greatest minds in baseball; there is no doubting that, but like all of us, he did have to retire.
In picking their successor, the Cards tabbed a former student of La Russa and former Cardinal Mike Matheny.
Matheny is a good hire because he spent five years under La Russa, and having been a catcher, he has to know the finer side of the game. He could potentially be another Joe Girardi, a catcher who has since become one of the best young managers in the game.
Not only that, but he is also a proven on-field leader who knows how to deal with pitchers. After all, he did catch such great arms as Carpenter, Darryl Kile, Matt Morris, Jason Schmidt and Kirk Rueter during his career.