Tony La Russa to Retire in the Bay Area - NBC Bay Area

Tony La Russa to Retire in the Bay Area

Former Oakland Athletics manager will have plenty to keep him busy.



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    The next chapter of Tony La Russa's storybook life will be written in the Bay Area.

    The longtime St. Louis Cardinals manager and former Oakland Athletics skipper announced his retirement from Major League Baseball over the weekend after leading Albert Pujols and the guys to another World Series Championships.

    La Russa will go out on top as one of the winningest managers in the St. Louis Cardinals history and the man who last delivered a championship to Oakland in 1989.

    "I think this just feels like it's time to end it," he said, according to The LA Times.

    But closing the book on his 33-year career doesn't mean that life will slow down for the 67-year-old baseball legend.

    La Russa will return to the Bay Area where he makes a home in Alamo, Calif. with his wife Elaine.

    The devout vegetarian will also return to his charitable work on behalf of animals.

    La Russa and his wife are the founders of Walnut Creek-based Animal Rescue Foundation, or ARF, which aims to help injured and abused animals.

    The manager said he will keep the possibility of returning to baseball in some capacity open in the future but for now he looks forward to living a slower life with his wife and two daughters and possibly one day, he might want to open a bookstore.