La Russa not certain he'll be back with Cardinals

ST. LOUIS (AP) - For the first time since 1996, his first season

with the St. Louis Cardinals, Tony La Russa plans on driving home

to California.

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.