Well, that was unexpected. Tony La Russa announced his retirement at a press conference in St. Louis today.

One of the most decorated and celebrated managers of all time, La Russa finishes his career with the third-highest managerial win total of all time. He won the World Series title with the Oakland A’s in 1989 and, of course, with St. Louis Cardinals in 2006 & 2011.

This announcement creates more questions than it answers for the Cardinals. What does it mean for ace pitching coach and LaRussa consigliere Dave Duncan? Does this deal a blow to the Cards chances of signing Albert Pujols?

Congratulations to Tony La Russa for a terrific career. Anytime you can piss this many people off, you must be doing something right. P.S. Don’t be afraid to call a cab after your retirement luncheon. Just a tip.