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Matheny can't be the next Tony La Russa. He shouldn't even try. La Russa had his own style crafted over years of manning the dugout foxhole. Matheny needs to find his own style and place himself at the center of 25 supremely talented athletes who just won one of the most memorable World Series of all time.
The point being, the pressure will be on.
I don't know how many Cardinal fans really expect the Cardinals to repeat, but they will field a competitive club and the return of Adam Wainwright bolsters the pitching staff. Fans and players should expect a dip, but will also expect results. The fastest way to do this is for Matheny to find his style, find what motivates these guys and keep them playing a hard nine.