La Russa preparing for managerial farewell

Jenifer Langosch/MLB.com

Former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa has his fingerprints all over this All-Star Game and you can read more about his National League lineup construction and controversial starting pitcher decision here. One of the more interesting things La Russa said yesterday was that he does not miss managing at all. He joked that he now gets to second-guess every managerial decision he watches on TV.

And, La Russa added, “I’m never wrong.”

While much of La Russa’s time with the media has been spent discussing his decision to start Matt Cain over R.A. Dickey and other non-Cardinal topics, he has had a few things to say about his former St. Louis club.

He was asked to assess the Cardinals’ first half, which wrapped up on Sunday. The Cardinals’ record currently sits at 46-40, and they are 2.5 games behind the first-place Pirates.

“The hits they took, [but they have the] same record we had last year, six over, right?” La Russa said. “So I think they’ve done a really good job of hanging in there with a lot of adversity, and the second half is going to be very exciting, and they’ll be a part of it.”

La Russa was also asked to discuss Lance Lynn’s breakout season.

“One of the things we had to overcome [in 2011]… he had worked himself into a very important role and we lost him for 50 games [with an oblique injury],” La Russa said. “Then he came back [in the postseason]. He comes in this year, takes the responsibility of pitching for Carp, and he’s an All-Star. He’s a very special talent and he’s got a special mentality because he rises to the occasion very well. He’s useful because he can pitch in the middle of an inning as a reliever, which he’s done, or he can pitch an inning, or pitch two innings. But he’s going to pitch.”

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