According to a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Tony La Russa is “speeding to a conclusion” regarding a decision whether to return as Cardinals manager.
“I’m coming to an understanding of what I’m doing and intend to get it settled one way or the other shortly.”
“I don’t want to make any statements about being close to coming back,”
deferred La Russa, who has steered eight teams to the postseason since
being named the only manager under the team’s current ownership. “You
either do (come back) or you don’t. I’ve been checking the fire in my
gut. It’s one way or the other.”
Though La Russa said he hasn’t yet
discussed a contract yet with team chairman Bill DeWitt Jr, a formal
announcement is expected this week. If La Russa decides to return for
2010, pitching coach Dave Duncan is also expected to be back. It would
be their 15th season with the organization.