Freshly minted Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa is reported to be in consideration for the open Mariners president job, according to a story by Bob Nightengale of USA Today. Current Mariners president, Chuck Armstrong will be leaving that position on January 31st and the Mariners plan to fill the vacancy before he goes. According to Nightengale, the M’s plan to interview two internal candidates, and if none is found suitable La Russa stands a very good chance of winning the job.
Yet, with La Russa’s high-profile resume and several prominent Major League Baseball officials recommending La Russa to Lincoln, he could be the odds-on-favorite to be the next Mariners’ president, providing they open the search to outside candidates.
A new president with La Russa’s on-field resume may energize the restive, cynical fan base, hoping for new leadership in the wake of Geoff Baker’s devastating article detailing dysfunction in the Mariners’ front office. As an example, Nightengale uses the effect of Nolan Ryan’s leadership in guiding the Texas Rangers to consistent contention.
A La Russa hire could go a long way toward dispelling the view the Mariners are led by the baseball-ignorant who persist in meddling in on-field operations.