By Will Yoder
October 31, 2011

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.

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