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Why's La Russa the NL manager at the All-Star Game?

Tony La Russa won't go away.

The guy retired from baseball after winning the World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals last year.

But he won't go quietly into the sunset. He's back for the All-Star Game and he's ticking off some people.

The Reds and Brewers aren't happy with La Russa's picks. Milwaukee thinks Zack Greinke (9-2, 2.82 ERA) should be on the team, while Cincy says Brandon Phillips (.285-10-46) and Johnny Cueto (9-4, 2.26 ERA) should be, too.

It's hard to argue.

The fact is, La Russa is the one who shouldn't be there. Commissioner Bud Selig asked him and La Russa accepted.

Mike Matheny, the current Cards manager, should be the one making the picks, not La Russa.

And Matheny should be the one getting the criticism for the picks.


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