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“He probably understood that Tony is not going to manage forever,” Mozeliak said.

Before heading home to California, La Russa said he was happy he didn’t know what the future held for him. He even joked about his next occupation.

“Maybe open a book store,” he said.

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AP St. Louis correspondent Jim Salter, Columnist Jim Litke and Sports Writer Howard Fendrich in Washington D.C. contributed to this report.