September 27, 2008

STLtoday - La Russa warns relievers

STLtoday - La Russa warns relievers: "Throughout September, manager Tony La Russa has sent subtle messages to his young relievers by how they've been used and by publicly playing down their later-inning roles.

On Friday, he stopped being subtle.

'They've got to understand they don't have a foot in the door (of the majors),' La Russa said. 'They've got a couple toes.'"

... Derrick Goold examines the attitude which manager Tony La Russa wants to send his rookie relievers packing with come the end of the 2008 season. No job is in that bullpen is a lock, and TLR wants to make the young guys know it, and that's a smart play.