Tony LaRussa leaving Diamondbacks

July 31, 2015: Diamondbacks GM Tony La Russa watches batting practice before the Diamondbacks at Astros baseball game at Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas.during the Diamondbacks at Astros baseball game at Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas.
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Tony LaRussa will leave the Arizona Diamondbacks organization at the end of the month, one year after being demoted from his position as chief baseball officer, the team announced Wednesday.

“I am grateful to everyone in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization for the opportunity to complete my baseball education,” said LaRussa in a statement. “After years in uniform and working with the commissioner and many special members of Major League Baseball, being a part of the D-backs was both exciting and educational.”

LaRussa was originally hired to oversee baseball operations in May 2014, but after underwhelming seasons from 2014-16, LaRussa was demoted from his post in October of last year and was assigned to a lesser role within the Diamondbacks organization.

Now, LaRussa has decided he is done altogether.

“The challenges facing baseball operations, player development and scouting are unique, as it’s a 24-7, 12-month job and more demanding than I ever realized,” he continued. “The success in 2017 was a complete team effort throughout the organization — including great support from our fans — and with the current leadership in place, we can expect it to be the foundation for many winning years to come.”

Prior to serving with the Diamondbacks, the 73-year-old LaRussa managed the St. Louis Cardinals from 1996 through 2011, winning two World Series titles. He also managed the Chicago White Sox and the Oakland Athletics, the latter of which he led to a championship in 1989.

The Diamondbacks won 93 games this year and ended up getting swept in the National League Division Series by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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