Former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa has been hired by Major League Baseball as a special advisor.
About what, I am not sure. But they guy has been in the game for nearly 50 years and has vast experience in both the American League and (superior) National League versions of the game. So he'd probably have a pretty thoughtful on just about any question the league muckety mucks could ask him.
La Russa, who won three World Series titles in his career while managing six Fall Classics, will make $2.5 million in his new position.
He joins another former Cardinals manager, Joe Torre, in the highest ranks of the game's front office. Torre, who had left his job in the MLB office a few months ago to be part of a group attempting to purchase the Dodgers, took his old job back after that bid failed.
Personally, I'm glad to see La Russa work with the MLB office as opposed to taking a front office job with another club. There was speculation that he could have ended up in a top position with the Dodgers when the sale was completed. But it preserves his Cardinals legacy to not have another major league team's logo on his business cards.
While a lot of people remember his time with the White Sox and with the 1980s glory days of the Athletics, La Russa spent more time -- and won more World Series with the Cardinals -- than he did at his other stops. So it is very likely that he will enter the Hall of Fame as a Cardinal.