My Blogging Plans for the Off Season

Now that the 2011 MLB season is over, all of its players are either taking vacations to foreign countries, or are going to play in other leagues for the Fall and/or Winter months. They might be going somewhere, but I’m not. No, I plan on blogging the entire offseason, with at least 2-3 blog entries a week. It’ll be a challenge, but it’ll also be fun.

With this being my first entry of the off season, I thought I’d use it to let you know what to expect the entries on this blog to be like during the off season:

  • I currently have 12 Q and A’s that I haven’t posted yet, and one other Q and A with Brad Penny, that I’m in the process of completing. I hope to post a Q and A entry once a week for the entire off season, but for that to happen, I’ll have to get a few more players to agree to answer some questions. I’ll just have to wait and see what happens.
  • I also have around 8 or so ideas for blog entries during the offseason, that have to do with random baseball topics, that I feel you–the reader–will enjoy.
  • Other than that, I’ll post entries as the breaking news topics occur. With all of the free agents this offseason, it shouldn’t be hard to find something to write about.

I hope I helped you to better understand what to expect from this blog during the off season. With all of that said, I hope to have you follow/read along.

TONY LARUSSA RETIRES

I decided to not post an entire entry about this, but I felt that it was newsworthy enough to put at the bottom of this entry. As you more than likely have already heard, Tony LaRussa decided that the 2011 MLB season, was his last.

Wheter you like him or not, you can’t argue that he’s had a Hall Of Fame career. Here’s some of the things LaRussa accomplished in his 33 season managerial career:

  • One of only two managers in the history of MLB to win a World Series title in both the NL and AL. (Sparky Anderson being the other.)
  • Ninth manager in the history of MLB to win three or more World Series titles. (LaRussa won three.)
  • An overall record of 2728-2365, between his seasons with the White Sox, Athletics and Cardinals. (.544 winning percentage.)
  • Third all-time in managerial wins. (Behind Connie Mack and John McGraw. Both Hall of Famer’s.)
  • Six pennants won, over his 33 season career.
  • 14 playoff appearances made.

LaRussa made this statement in a news conference earlier today:

There isn’t one (factor) that dominates (my decision). They all just come together telling you your time is over. We went through the season and I felt that this just feels like it’s  time to end it and I think it’s going to be great for the Cardinals to  refresh what’s going on here. I’m looking forward to what’s ahead. I’m ready to do something different … Other than some of personal attachments, I feel good. I feel good that this is the right decision. I think this just feels like it’s time to end it.

I guess it’s better to go out on top–three days after winning the 2011 World Series–then to go out on your way down.

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