Posted January 09, 2014

Report: Tony La Russa a candidate to become Mariners’ president

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Tony La Russa was elected to the Hall of Fame last month. (Preston Mack/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

Tony La Russa was elected to the Hall of Fame in December. (Preston Mack/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

Tony La Russa is a candidate to become the Seattle Mariners’ next president, USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reported on Thursday. The Mariners are searching for a replacement for the outgoing Chuck Armstrong, who announced last year that he would step down at the end of January.

Mariners CEO Howard Lincoln told Nightengale that the Mariners have begun the interview process with two internal candidates. Lincoln and the Mariners board of directors could determine that one of those candidates is suited for the job, which would preclude a serious look into La Russa.

La Russa would not comment directly on the Mariners’ job. But La Russa, the former player and manager who was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in December, did say that he would consider leaving his special assistant position with Major League Baseball for a front office.

“I’m interested in getting to the competition upstairs,” La Russa said. “I’ve missed the competition since I left the field. I talked to the commissioner [Bud Selig] about it. It’s not a thing where you miss the dugout, but I miss the winning and losing.

“The situation has to be right.”

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6 comments
VinceVuH.Nguyen
VinceVuH.Nguyen

I'd take Tony LaRussa over Lincoln and Armstrong any day. Seattle was a baseball town in the late 90's early 2000's, but a decade of below mediocrity killed Baseball in Seattle. There was a time when Seattle only cared about the Mariners and Not the Hawks or Sonics. Now it's the Seahawks and Sounders. I hope Tony can bring Baseball back to Seattle like it was. We have a beautiful Stadium that is eager for a winner. Go Mariners.

BlowPop852
BlowPop852

Tony is a scum bag that stinks up baseball. My 90 year old grandma could coach the yankees and have a winning record. Tony makes good teams worse with this STUPID decisions.

6marK6
6marK6

Tony always seems to only associate himself with extremely talented teams, it helps to counteract his awful moves.

MidwestGolfFan
MidwestGolfFan

Does that mean the M's will have a couple of players suddenly hitting for high average/power, getting named "best of their generation" -- as long as they're with the Mariners and Tony's in charge, that is.

mgk731
mgk731

This saddens me. Tony would make the Mariners great in a few years.   He knows numbers and players.  He should have a place in the Cardinals FO.

sporra01
sporra01

C'mon haters....tell us all about how Seattle is all wrong for Tony. And...proceed...