Tony La Russa appointed Chief Baseball Officer for the Arizona Diamondbacks

PHOENIX - The Arizona Diamondbacks announced on Saturday that 2014 Hall of Fame inductee Tony La Russa has been appointed as Chief Baseball Officer for the team.

According to a press release, La Russa will report to D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall and oversee the entire Baseball Operations department.

“The entire organization is obviously frustrated with the results on the field and we are looking to improve,” Hall said. “Tony brings us a wealth of knowledge, experience and success, and will work closely with Kevin and Kirk in evaluating our current state to determine the future of our baseball operations. He is excited and enthusiastic about the challenge, and we are fortunate to have this Hall of Famer on board and a part of the team.”

According to the press release, La Russa won three World Series titles, six League Championships, 12 division titles, and was a four-time manager of the year.

La Russa has 33 seasons of Major League managerial experience and most recently worked for Major League Baseball as a special assistant to Commissioner Bud Selig.

La Russa will be honored at the National Baseball Hall of Fame at the Hall’s Induction Weekend on July 25-28 along with former managers Bobby Cox and Joe Torre along with player inductees Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux and Frank Thomas.

Diamondbacks broadcaster Joe Garagiola will also be honored that weekend as the 2014 Buck O'Neil Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.

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