Tony La Russa Excited to Help the Diamondbacks Turn Things Around

Rich Piling/MLB Photos via Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- With his managerial career behind him, Tony La Russa is heading to the front office, joining the Arizona Diamondbacks as the team's chief baseball officer.

La Russa has been out of baseball since the end of the 2011 season when he was with the St. Louis Cardinals. Now he's turning attention to the Diamondbacks.

"The one message is that there's never an excuse to back off the effort," La Russa said. "If times are tough, you can't back off it. If times are good, you don't back off and take if for granted. You just remind them who's watching. Your fans are watching."

Through 44 games, the Diamondbacks have been a dissappointing, with a record of 18-28, 5th in the NL West.

La Russa will have to answer only to owner Ken Kendrick and team president Derrick Hall, meaning he has authority over general manager Kevin Towers.

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