In the last 20 years there has been no manager as polarizing as Tony LaRussa. When his name is uttered during a casual conversation, it elicits the reaction that is usually reserved for players—that of immediate scorn or fervent adulation.
Well, love him or hate him, Tony LaRussa knows the perfect time to hang 'em up. On Monday morning he issued a press release that after 33 years managing three different teams—the Chicago White Sox, the Oakland Athletics, and the St. Louis Cardinals—he was ready to call it a career.
LaRussa, as always, is a tough guy to read. Maybe he'll be back, maybe he won't. He might, perhaps, in his own words "...open up a bookstore."
Most would agree that since LaRussa is now leaving the world of Major League Baseball behind, now is the ideal time to look back, not only on his career, but to dig deeper and take a look into the careers of some other Major League managers.
I'm of the opinion that Tony LaRussa was a fine manager. However, I do believe he was quite overrated over his three-decade tour of duty in the bigs. Here's a list of my personal picks for the most overrated managers of all time.
If you think I missed one, please, by all means, add their name by placing them in my comment box below.
I hope you enjoy.