ST. LOUIS (AP) - For the first time since 1996, his first season
with the St. Louis Cardinals, Tony La Russa plans on driving home
He can use those long hours on the highway to ponder what went
wrong and whether he wants to return for a 16th season.
La Russa, who turned 66 on Monday, was scheduled to meet with
chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. and general manager John Mozeliak later in
the day. He has indicated if he keeps managing it would be in St.
Louis because like last year, he'll want a one-year contract.
The Cardinals finished 86-76. They had a 20-game winner, a home
run and RBI champion, and a strong contender for NL rookie of the
year. But a second-half swoon fueled by too many losses to
non-contending teams left them playing out the string.