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La Russa fined for criticizing strike zone

Posted on: October 4, 2011 3:37 pm
Edited on: October 4, 2011 6:41 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

During the broadcast of Sunday night's NLDS Game 2 between the Phillies and the Cardinals, St. Louis manager Tony La Russa noted that the two teams were working with different strike zones, insinuating that Chris Carpenter was being squeezed while Cliff Lee was given a favorable zone. At the time, the Cardinals trailed 4-0, though they would eventually win the game, 5-4.

Philadelphia-St. Louis NLDS
La Russa also said he would likely get "in trouble" for making the statement. He was correct. He has been fined by an undisclosed amount by the commisssioner's office for the derogatory remarks about home plate umpire Jerry Meals. The amount isn't huge, though, as it's reportedly only "four figures" (St. Louis Post-Dispatch).

La Russa's no stranger to confronting umpires about strike zones. He's notorious for working on the home-plate ump and standing up for his pitchers. Back in the 2005 playoffs, he even complained about the strike zone Astros starter Roger Clemens was going to get before the game even started.

If the report on the fine is true, it's kind of a head-scratcher. There's no way a small fine like that would deter La Russa from making future comments, so what's the point?

Oh, and Tuesday marks La Russa's 66th birthday. Happy birthday, Tony, from Bud Selig. Now don't you dare complain about bad strike zones Tuesday night, lest you be slapped on the wrist again.

UPDATE: When asked if he needed to "get anything off his chest" during Tuesday evening's broadcast, La Russa said "my jaws are wired shut."

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La Russa fined for criticizing strike zone

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Since: Mar 6, 2008
Posted on: October 5, 2011 1:43 pm
 

La Russa fined for criticizing strike zone

that "you sir, are a moron" was directed at the guy that thinks everyone would be out to hire Tony LaRussa if he were available...



Since: Mar 6, 2008
Posted on: October 5, 2011 1:41 pm
 

La Russa fined for criticizing strike zone

You sir, are a moron!!!



Since: Sep 24, 2010
Posted on: October 5, 2011 1:40 pm
 

La Russa fined for criticizing strike zone

I think La Russa is a bit of a cry baby, always has been, but why the fine?  Are we now punishing guys for disagreeing with the umps? Managers do that everyday!!! The figure is so small anyway that there's no point. 



Since: Sep 24, 2010
Posted on: October 5, 2011 1:40 pm
 

La Russa fined for criticizing strike zone

I think La Russa is a bit of a cry baby, always has been, but why the fine?  Are we now punishing guys for disagreeing with the umps? Managers do that everyday!!! The figure is so small anyway that there's no point. 



Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: October 5, 2011 12:42 pm
 

La Russa fined for criticizing strike zone

There's no crying in baseball La Russa...



Since: Oct 10, 2009
Posted on: October 5, 2011 12:16 pm
 

La Russa fined for criticizing strike zone

what a tool.  guess you have been a loser all your life and want everyone else to join you.  


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