#Dbacks name Tony La Russa Chief Baseball Officer.— Steve Gilbert (@SteveGilbertMLB) May 17, 2014
La Russa will report to CEO Derrick Hall and will work to help determine future of baseball operations. More soon on http://t.co/Vu6EEqOIO0— Steve Gilbert (@SteveGilbertMLB) May 17, 2014
As reported by Steve Gilbert above, Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa has been named "Chief Baseball Officer" by the Arizona Diamondbacks. The details of what this position will entail are murky at this time other than " will work to help determine future of baseball operations." A quick google search shows that La Russa is the only person currently in Major League Baseball to hold that specific title with any team. It has also been reported that General Manager Kevin Towers will report to him, establishing a hierarchy off the bat in this new arrangement.
What does this mean for the future of the team is pure conjecture at this point, but it probably wouldn't be too much conjecture to assume that the results on the field so far have lead the front office brass to look to new ways to inject life into the team and improve the product on the field.
La Russa managed in the bigs from 1979 to 2011 with the White Sox, Athletics, and Cardinals. He won three World Series titles as a manager (1989 with the A's, 2006 and 2011 with the Cardinals.) He was inducted into the Hall of Fame as a manager in 2014. La Russa's hallmark as a manager was well-known for frequent situational pitching changes late in game. La Russa's longtime pitching coach, Dave Duncan, was hired on last offseason as a "Pitching Consultant".
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