Cardinals to retire Tony La Russa’s No. 10 this month

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From Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

The Cardinals tonight will announce their intention to honor the future Hall of Fame manager by retiring his No. 10 prior to a May 11 game against the Atlanta Braves. La Russa, now serving for Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig, has accepted the club’s invitation to attend what is believed to be an elaborate ceremony remember TLR’s 16-year term with the franchise.

La Russa had a franchise-best 1,408 wins as the Cardinals’ skipper, leading the club to nine postseason appearances and two World Series titles. He’s also the third-winningest manager in baseball history.

The Cardinals now feature 12 different retired numbers: 1 (Ozzie Smith), 2 (Red Schoendienst), 6 (Stan Musial), 9 (Enos Slaughther), 10 (La Russa), 14 (Ken Boyer), 17 (Dizzy Dean), 20 (Lou Brock), 24 (Whitey Herzog), 42 (Bruce Sutter and Jackie Robinson), 45 (Bob Gibson) and 85 (former owner August Busch).

Joe Maddon: “I have a defensive foot fetish.”

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The Cubs’ defense — or lack thereof this year — has been a topic of conversation as it could help explain why the team hasn’t played at the elite level it played at last year.

Manager Joe Maddon tried to go into detail about that but ended up channeling his inner Rex Ryan. Via CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney.

Well then.

The Nationals have scored 62 runs during four Joe Ross starts

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If, in the future, Joe Ross ever complains about a lack of run support, point to his first four starts of the 2017 season.

Ross started on April 19 in Atlanta against the Braves, on April 25 in Colorado against the Rockies, on April 30 at home against the Mets, and on May 23 at home against the Mariners. In those games, the Nats’ offense scored 14, 15, 23, and 10 runs respectively for a total of 62 runs, or an average of 15.5 per start. Ross was the pitcher of record for seven, eight, 10, and 10 runs for a total of 35 runs (8.75 runs per start), which would still make him the major league leader in run support by that restrictive standard.

Among qualified starters — Ross did not qualify — entering Tuesday’s action, the Rockies’ Antonio Senzatela led the way according to ESPN, averaging 7.11 runs of support in nine starts. The Rockies scored double-digit runs in only three of those starts, oddly enough.

Per the Nationals, the 62 runs of support for Ross is a major league record in a pitcher’s first four starts of a season.