St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa has announced his retirement, according to a tweet from Major League Baseball.
The three-time World Series champ had been reportedly mulling the idea of retirement throughout the season, and would never rule out the option when asked by reporters. La Russa shared a mutual option with St. Louis entering 2012.
"I have an issue with me answering any speculation because it's exactly the opposite of what the club should be getting from a guy who is making out the lineup," La Russa told reporters in September when asked about his future.
The 67-year-old most recently helped the Cardinals defeat the Texas Rangers in seven games to give the Cardinals their 11th World Series title. In 33 years as an MLB manager La Russa posted a career 2728-2365 record between his work with the Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, and St. Louis Cardinals.