Tony La Russa declined to manage the Diamondbacks for the final weekend of the season


Here’s an interesting little tidbit from the Diamondbacks firing manager Kirk Gibson: Team president Derrick Hall asked chief baseball officer (and Hall of Fame manager) Tony La Russa to manage the team for the final weekend of the season and he said no thanks.

Or, more specifically, La Russa said (via Steve Gilbert of “You’ve seen my entire deck. You’ve seen the last of it.”

Presumably that means the 69-year-old La Russa isn’t a candidate to replace Gibson as the full-time manager, even if Hall and the Diamondbacks beg him.

Bench coach Alan Trammell, who was technically fired along with Gibson, will stay on the job to manage the final three games of the season before stepping down.