Tony LaRussa, one of the most enigmatic figures in baseball history, retired today as St. Louis Cardinals manager. LaRussa chose to go out on top, announcing his retirement less than 24 hours after the Cardinals celebrated their 11th World Series title.
LaRussa stepped down just 72 wins shy of John McGraw for second place on the all-time leaderboard.
Cardinals fans have always been divided on their opinions of him, but most will remember LaRussa as a great clubhouse manager who sometimes perplexed with his on-field decisions.
As the Cardinals prepare to defend their title, they'll need to find a new manager to occupy the spot in the dugout that LaRussa made so famous over the past 15 years.
There will be no shortage of applicants. Few situations are better than that in St. Louis, where a championship team offers both a chance to win and low scrutiny from the local media. This could be the most sought-after managerial spot ever.
Here are a few of the best candidates, alphabetically.