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Tony La Russa named Arizona Diamondbacks' chief baseball officer


It turns out former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa couldn't stay away from baseball for too long.

The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed La Russa, who will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in July, as their chief baseball officer, according to the Associated Press. He will be tasked with attempting to turn around a Diamondbacks team that is last in the NL West with a 16-28 record — including a meager 4-18 mark at home — entering Saturday.

La Russa will oversee the organization's entire baseball operations and will report directly to Diamondbacks president Derrick Hall.

"The entire organization is obviously frustrated with the results on the field and we are looking to improve," Hall said. "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."
Arizona has lost three of its last four games and will host the Los Angeles Dodgers at 8:10pm ET Saturday night.