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La Russa Takes Over Diamondbacks

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Tony La Russa is back in Major League Baseball, joining the Arizona Diamondbacks front office. La Russa was introduced Saturday as the chief baseball officer for the Diamondbacks and will oversee all baseball operations.

"It's the first day I woke up and I felt a difference," La Russa said. "Because for the first time since then you're back with an organization and at the end of the day you're going to be judged by how well your contribution is to the organization's competition. That's how I grew up."

Arizona is off to one of the worst starts in franchise history, sitting 11 games below five-hundred. This will the first stint in a Major League front office for the Hall of Famer. As part of his new role, La Russa will report directly to team president Derrick Hall and work with manager Kirk Gibson and general manager Kevin Towers to build a new future for the Diamondbacks.

A two-time World Series champion manager, La Russa left baseball in 2011 after leading the St. Louis Cardinals to another title. He recently was a special assistant to commissioner Bud Selig before accepting a position with Arizona. La Russa also guided the Oakland Athletics to a world title in 1989 joining Sparky Anderson as the only two managers to win a championship in both leagues.


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