Pendleton could be Cards’ candidate; Cox on La Russa’s retirement

Shortly after World Series champion Cardinals manager Tony La Russa announced his retirement Monday, Braves first base coach Terry Pendleton started appearing on lists as a potential replacement.

When reached Monday afternoon, Pendleton said he had not been contacted by the Cardinals. “I haven’t heard anything as of yet,” he said.

The former third baseman played his first seven major league seasons in St. Louis before signing with the Braves as a free agent in 1991.

Pendleton, who spent nine years as the Braves hitting coach before being reassigned to first base last year, has made it known he’d like to manage. He has interviewed for managing jobs with the Rays, Phillies and Nationals. He also turned down an interview opportunity with the Dodgers.

Cardinals’ general manager John Mozeliak told reporters Monday that previous major league managing experience was not a prerequisite.

Cox’s reaction

Former Braves manager Bobby Cox said he was surprised Monday when he heard about La Russa’s retirement.

“It caught me off guard,” Cox said. “I never thought Tony would ever retire. He loves the game. I guess he felt like I did, that it was time to do it. He’s going to miss the competition, the action, hanging with the guys.”

Cox, 70, said he can understand wanting to give up the daily grind though, that it can wear you down. La Russa is 67.

“We can say it doesn’t all we want, but there’s a lot of stress, a lot of hours,” he said.

Cox finished fourth all-time in managerial wins when he retired after the 2010 season with 2,504. La Russa retires third all-time with 2,728, just 36 wins from passing John McGraw (2,763) in second place. Connie Mack is the all-time leader with 3,731 wins.

“He’s a Hall-of-Famer for sure,” Cox said. “He needs to start writing his speech.”

Cox managed against La Russa for 15 years in his time with the Cardinals – the two matched up in the 1996 NLCS with the Braves beating the Cardinals in seven games – and for four years with Toronto when La Russa was managing the Chicago White Sox.

“Tony was a professional in every way there is possible,” Cox said. “We had some great games. It was always fun to go into St. Louis. Tony and I have always gotten along really well.”

42 comments Add your comment

Mel from SW Atlanta

October 31st, 2011
5:48 pm

Mel from SW Atlanta

October 31st, 2011
5:48 pm

First for the first time!

Mel from SW Atlanta

October 31st, 2011
5:49 pm

I hope TP gets the mananger job in St. Louis he derserves it. GO Braves!

Mel from SW Atlanta

October 31st, 2011
5:52 pm

Good job Frank Wren for getting rid of McLouth and Lowe. Good job keeping Hinske. Now get rid of Fredi Gonzalez. Just win baby!

TeeJayy

October 31st, 2011
5:55 pm

^^You’re the only.

Jeremy

October 31st, 2011
6:01 pm

If TP gets the job, that would be the best offseason move for the Braves organization. At least he’s not the hitting coach anymore but I think the cards can do a whole lot better than TP…..

Packer Ed

October 31st, 2011
6:01 pm

Christmas could come early for Braves, Fredi could be the Cardinals choice to manage for 2012 and leave the Braves.

One can hope.

Braves Fan since 1957

October 31st, 2011
6:02 pm

Could be a great Christmas this year and Fredi could go to St. Louis and take Wren with him.

Mitun

October 31st, 2011
6:41 pm

please make him leave, cause we need to start from scratch such pitching, and others. Mcdowell and Pendleton needs to leave immediately.

OldTimer

October 31st, 2011
6:53 pm

The Cards should hire Gonzalez. Without him they would have never gotten a ring this year.

Knock UP A Homer

October 31st, 2011
6:54 pm

Yeah, LaRussa went out on top and Cox just went out near the top…

dawg4u

October 31st, 2011
7:53 pm

Does anyone really think that the Cards would even consider hiring Fredi or Wren to manage or gm the world champions? I am sure those comments were tongue in cheek and in jest because who in the Cardinal organization would even consider it. Congrats to the Cards for winning the WS and hoping that TP is considered as new manager.

bravofano

October 31st, 2011
7:54 pm

No way TP is a candidate. Sorry. NO WAY. They will hire Bobby Valentine or Terry Francona which is what the Braves should have done. Instead, we will just all tip our hats to better teams and organizations for another year.

anobles10

October 31st, 2011
7:56 pm

TP may be a candidate, but the thing is, Tony La Russa has been preparing Jose Oquendo to take over as the manager of that team for years. He’s going to be their guy, I would assume.

JoeBravesFan

October 31st, 2011
7:58 pm

LMAO @ OldTimer!

Noone, Looser, Then, Than & Alot

October 31st, 2011
8:13 pm

I wonder if Tony phoned in his retirement from the dugout phone. Mebbe he just wanted to know where the restroom key was.

Orange Brave f/k/a Billy Jack's BBQ

October 31st, 2011
8:38 pm

LOL Oldtimer.

Jordan

October 31st, 2011
9:00 pm

Jimbo Jones

October 31st, 2011
9:04 pm

I keep forgetting. Don’t read the posts on DOB’s blog.

Jimbo Jones

October 31st, 2011
9:19 pm

Sorry. Meant to say the comments. The posts are stellar.

beone

October 31st, 2011
9:27 pm

Oldtimer, Good one!

tdawgmoney

October 31st, 2011
9:46 pm

so what was Cox’s record against LaRussa?

Noone, Looser, Then, Than & Alot

October 31st, 2011
10:15 pm

@ tdawgmoney
One more loss than Tony.

11 in '11

October 31st, 2011
10:16 pm

I grew up in Stl life long Cards fan and had pleasure of seeing Cox’s last game here. Entire crowd gave him a standing ovation! You can’t replace leaders and managers the likes of LaRussa or Cox but Pendleton is long shot. Jose Oquendo has already had offers and stayed have to think he’s #1 with Joe Maddon a close second. Either way hope both Atlanta and St.Louis do well next season two class organizations

Ken Stallings

October 31st, 2011
11:07 pm

TP was not the hitting coach last season. So, the comments in the blog section that TP leaving would improve our offense are really uninformed!

TP will get a serious interview. Oquendo may be groomed, but TP has a lot of experience and means a lot to the St. Louis fans. I give Terry a real good shot at getting hired for this position.

Hoops Dawg

October 31st, 2011
11:31 pm

Jeremy you moron. TP has given immeasurably to the Braves organization since he came in during the early 90s. He is one of the true good guys of the last 20 years. I wish we had 40 like him in the organization.

urban redneck

November 1st, 2011
8:14 am

i like tp this year, now that he’s no longer hitting coach. he was also a great player for us back in the day. if he gets a better opportunity, then i wish him the best.

as for larussa, why not go out when you’re on top? plus he’s young enough that someone will call him in the future. he’ll be managing somewhere in about 2014 i bet.

JustLoveTheGame

November 1st, 2011
8:32 am

Constantly amazed at the number of “fans” out there who think they could manage better; trade better; teach hitting or pitching better than the guys in the clubhouse. Those that can, do — those that can’t, just whine. The Braves have one of the best, most respected organizations in MLB. So, please, y’all just go back to your Barcoloungers and your BudLite and shut the _____ up.

vermont 39

November 1st, 2011
8:42 am

When someone wins 15 division titles in a row…let’s talk!!!
In the words of Johnny Dangerously — Ungrateful BASTAGES!!!!

disbot3000

November 1st, 2011
8:55 am

There are some real boneheads commenting on here. Are either Gonzalez or Wren perfect? No. Neither are you. I think, considering our team works with a low-mid-market budget, they did a fine job of making a contender out of our team. Would a collapse like last year be acceptable again next year? I think not. Then it becomes a pattern of failure and can’t be tolerated. For now I’d say that Wren built the best team he could with the resources available and, while the final month is disconcerting for Fredi, overall he did a good job with the team last year and deserves a little slack.

At any rate, I’d like to see you do better.

disbot3000

November 1st, 2011
8:59 am

And, hey, I think this past year proved that TP was doing SOMETHING when he was hitting coach, since the team dropped off so much after he was taken off the job. Maybe he wasn’t the greatest hitting coach ever, but he obviously wasn’t the worst. I think he’d make a great MLB manager and, while I’d hate to lose him from our organization, I hope he gets his chance to show what he can do elsewhere soon.

rme

November 1st, 2011
9:52 am

Great move on Lowe, McClouth and Hinske. Now get rid of the deep relief pitchers who failer us over and over again. Keep our top 3 relievers and promote the hungry, young players who are ready. Use our pitching depth to trade or pick up a strong outfielder to compliment Bourne. Heyward should be playing winter ball and if he doesn’t have it in the Spring…make a move. We have a terrific base and I would hate to see it wasted by not making moves and watching another year go down the drain. Fredie is OK but I never hear him on the telecasts like we did with Bobby. After every pitch, you would hear Bobby in the background say some encouraging word to our batters. Loosen up Fredie, I know you have big shoes to fill but you are over concentrating. Show some emotion towards the player. Let’s take it all in 2012. In doing so, we can not be hesitant on making moves. What will it take to be a WINNER…go get it!!!!!!!!

J T Ellenwood

November 1st, 2011
10:01 am

Jeremy you blog privilges need to be taken away for making dumb comments

rme

November 1st, 2011
10:01 am

disbot – I agree. Year after year, we have put an exciting team on the field. Our record up until September was unbelievable. Too bad the Phillies were so good. Maybe we need to spend some of the money which is available and purchase a couple of Droans to fly over Philadelphia!! I’m excited about the basic players we have for next year and all the super young talent we have. I wish Constanza weould snap around. He had that speed and mentality to “make something happen”. Hated to see him go into that funk. It’s easy for people to point fingers for the demise in September. That was something out of the ordinary which happened and shouldn’t repeat itself. I think alot was caused from McCann’s injury and lack of hitting when he came back. Pitchers who pitched around him suddenly were pitching to him and were successful. He’ll get it back. He is intense and too good not to.

BoatDoc

November 1st, 2011
11:51 am

Curious which the Cardinals desire to do FIRST: hire new manager or resign Albert Pujols. I would think BOTH (Pujols and managerial candidates) would want to know the status of the OTHER before signing on the dotted line…

Mike C.

November 1st, 2011
12:09 pm

I guess I’m in the minority but I’ve always thought Tony “Boy Genius” LaRussa was overrated. Yes, he was a very good manager but the way the media and some fans talked about him, you’d think he invented baseball! Some things I never liked about him were (1) he/his team always seemed to be in the middle of a bad blood fight with whatever team was giving them competition that particular year (last year the Reds, this year the Brewers for recent examples); (2) he periodically seemed to have public confrontations with players – Canseco, Henderson, Rolen, Rasmus, in which he bad mouthed them – granted a couple of these guys are knuckleheads but instead of taking the high road, the lawyer in him had to respond. Other managers like Cox were never in situations like that; (3) he’s a hypocrite – he blasted the Braves/Cox for always complaining about balls/strikes calls but it was okay for him to do the same in an in-game interview during a playoff gamel. Of course, he’s had it out for the Braves since his team blew a 3-1 lead in the ‘96 playoffs to the Braves after that hotdogging Dennis Eckersly showed off after closing out game 4 by totally disrespecting Atlanta, firing up the Braves to stomp St. Louis and win the series; (4) he managed 2 of the biggest cheats in history, Canseco and McGwire. How many games did these roided-up POSs win for him? And to make matters worse, he hires McGwire to be his hitting coach – the guy should not be allowed on the field! In short, congrats on winning 3 World Series, although your ‘06 squad might have been the worst team to ever win a championship and what happened in ‘88 and ‘90, when you had superior teams but somehow lost? Goodbye and Good riddance, you arrogant prick. Oh, and remember to thank Dave Duncan, because he was the real key to your success.

Mitchell

November 1st, 2011
3:43 pm

2011 was a letdown in every conceivable way and once again the team the Braves failed to take care of business against went on to beat the Texas Rangers in the World Series.

To paraphrase Cameron Fry’s summarization of his day off from school with friends Ferris and Sloan, nothing good happened.

That being said, I’m ready for 2012.

When does it start? Soon I hope.

wiki

November 1st, 2011
10:53 pm

Good points Mike…I remember his sour grapes from the ‘96 playoffs.

STH

November 2nd, 2011
12:46 pm

Better chance Bobby Cox is the next Cardinlas manager than Terry, what does that tell ya!

Mr. October

November 4th, 2011
1:48 pm

One thing missed here is that LaRussa did it right. Not just going out on top – which is always nice – but doing it quick and without fanfare, like Lou Pinella did in Chicago. I am still embarrassed by the year of pomp and circumstance that heralded Cox leaving, the graphic reminders during broadasts of what each team gave him as a parting gift.

For a man who did such a wonderful job for such a long time it was a very sad way to go – especially with his last game being knocked out of the playoffs yet one more time. LaRussa and Pinella did it right.

reason

November 4th, 2011
8:03 pm

If the Cardinals hire Pendleton as manager, they will be very, very sorry………….

jonwan1353

November 5th, 2011
7:58 am

I have a lot of respect for TP, but I’m sure there were underlying reasons that he was snubbed by Atlanta. I think the Braves could have done a lot better than Gonzales. I’m not sold on Gonzales and maybe Pendleton was more deserving. I hope St. Louis will give him a chance. If it does’nt work out they can always let him go. Good Luck, TP.

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