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St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said Riggleman, a former minor league teammate, should have “interim” removed from his title. La Russa has lobbied on Riggleman’s behalf before with no success.

“I can count at least a half-dozen times there’s been an opening or someone had interest in him and I called,” La Russa said. “Maybe that’s the kiss of death, but he’s an excellent baseball man.”