Tony La Russa retired as the manager of the St. Louis Cardinals on October 31, 2011. Since that date, comedy on baseball websites has been down by about 87%.

As you might recall, the last of TLR’s 33 seasons resulted in the third World Series title of his career. As you also might recall, it’s tradition that the managers of the two World Series teams from the previous year are given the honour of writing out the lineup cards and receiving threats from other managers over the number of batters their pitchers should face during Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game.

Yesterday, MLB announced that despite his retirement, Tony La Russa will still manage the National League All-Stars this July in Kansas City.

This, believe it or not, has actually resulted in disagreement and foolish phrases like “mockery of the game” being thrown around. Yes, because the credibility of an exhibition game between two inflated rosters full of players who have only had three good months out of an entire career or are only on the roster because a legitimate star feigned injury to get a few extra days of holiday wasn’t damaged enough already by once being brought to a conclusion without a winner.

Nope. It took a side being managed by one of the most successful managers in the game’s history after he had decided to retire to really ruin baseball’s All-Star Game.

Sounds about as reasonable as the Tea Party platform.

For the record, in 1972, the National League All-Stars were managed by Danny Murtagh, formerly of the Pittsburgh Pirates, who had retired following a World Series win in 1971.