ST. LOUIS -- With only a few trunks of office knickknacks and, presumably, a stack of Styx CDs as his companions on the road trip west, St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa got the wanderlust out of his system and reached home safely to the Bay Area within the past couple days.
He did not, however, arrive at an answer.
General manager John Mozeliak confirmed to Post-Dispatch baseball writer Joe Strauss that La Russa did not have a decision yet for the club about whether he'd return for the 2011 season.
The club made a formal offer last week, and La Russa told reporters at Busch Stadium that he hoped to have answer for the club by early this week. La Russa opined that 15 years is a long time for one manager in "one place" and that organization might benefit from "freshness." La Russa has expressed such concerns before and still returned to manage the team. In recent weeks, La Russa has given several indications that he would return unless hearing something from the front office about management's approach or the makeup of his coaching staff that changed his mind.
On La Russa's official Twitter feed he did post a new message Monday, but this one had nothing to do with baseball. It was about ballot measure Proposition B, one that imposes new regulations on dog breeders. Missouri voters will see the proposition on the Nov. 2 ballot. http://twitter.com/#!/TonyLaRussa/status/27068239840" target= "_blank">See La Russa's tweet here, and http://www.stltoday.com/sports/baseball/professional/article_6d041abc-d565-11df-be8f-00127992bc8b.html" target="_blank">read more about Proposition B in this article by Post-Dispatch politics writer Jake Wagman.
Asked if he might use Sunday's numeric convergence (Oct. 10, 2010 or 10-10-10) to announce his decision, No. 10 replied Monday in a text message that he was home safe and hadn't settled on when/if he was headed back to St. Louis. He wrote: "Home in CA. Good trip."
It is believed if he does return he'll do so by plane.