Tony La Russa Retiring: Will Terry Francona Be Next St. Louis Cardinals Manager?

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Tony La Russa Retiring: Will Terry Francona Be Next St. Louis Cardinals Manager?
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Monday, Tony La Russa became the first manager in history to retire after winning a World Series. With that, he joined Bill Walsh and John Elway, riding off into the sunset on top.  But rumor has it that he informed the Cardinal front office of his decision two months ago, before his team's improbable run to a title. 

Around that time, the seeds of the Red Sox total collapse were just beginning to take root, ultimately leaving Terry Francona looking for his next team.  The Cardinals season of good fortune continues, even after the World Series. 

Will Francona be the next manager in St. Louis?  Yes, of course he will!  And here's why.

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