Tony La Russa to manage NL in 2012 All-Star Game

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Umpire Dale Scott goes over the ground rules of Citi Field with St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa before the Cardinals’ baseball game against the New York Mets at Citi Field in New York, Monday, June 22, 2009. (AP Photo/Paul J. Bereswill)

Tony La Russa will become the second retired manager to lead an All-Star team next summer, joining Hall of Famer John McGraw.

La Russa concluded a 16-season run in St. Louis with the team’s second World Series title in five years last October, stepping down after 33 seasons overall.

Commissioner Bud Selig announced Tuesday that the 67-year-old La Russa will manage the National League in this year’s game July 10 in Kansas City, Mo.

McGraw retired after the 1932 season and managed the NL in the first All-Star Game in 1933.

This will be La Russa’s sixth time managing an All-Star team, three times in each league.

Two managers led All-Star teams after moving to new teams: Dick Williams in 1974 after switching from the Athletics to the Angels and Dusty Baker in 2003 after switching from the Giants to the Cubs.

AP

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