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Diamondbacks Hire La Russa as Chief Baseball Officer

Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks hired Hall-of-Fame manager Tony La Russa as their chief baseball officer Saturday.

La Russa has been hired to help turnaround a team that is currently one of the worst in baseball.

"The entire organization is obviously frustrated with the results on the field and we are looking to improve,"Diamondbacks president Derrick Hall said. "Tony brings us a wealth of knowledge, experience and success, and will work closely with Kevin and Kirk in evaluating our current state to determine the future of our baseball operations. He is excited and enthusiastic about the challenge, and we are fortunate to have this Hall of Famer on board and a part of the team."

La Russa recently served as a special assistant to Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig.

La Russa, who spent 33 big league seasons as a manager, is third all-time in managerial wins and also led three teams to World Series titles, the last coming in 2011.


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