The Arizona Diamondbacks have added Tony La Russa, though it will not be as a manager. La Russa will join the Diamondbcaks as their chief baseball officer.
La Russa will report to Diamondbacks President Derrick Hall and oversee the the Diamondbacks baseball operations department. He will work with general manager Kevin Towers and manager Kirk Gibson in trying to turn around a team that has gotten off to a 16-28 start.
“The entire organization is obviously frustrated with the results on the field and we are looking to improve,” Hall said in a statement. “Tony brings us a wealth of knowledge, experience and success, and will work closely with Kevin and Kirk in evaluating our current state to determine the future of our baseball operations. He is excited and enthusiastic about the challenge, and we are fortunate to have this Hall of Famer on board and a part of the team.”
La Russa has won three World Series titles and six league championships and was a four-time manager of the year in 33 seasons before retiring in 2011. He will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in July and is third all-time with 2,728 wins as a manager and second with 70 postseason wins.