Hall of Fame baseball manager Tony La Russa was once quoted as saying,"One of the most complex tasks in sports is the challenge of managing an aging superstar."
LaRussa's difficulties with fellow HOFer, St Louis Cardinal shortstop Ozzie Smith (whom he managed at the end of The Wizard's spectacular career) are well chronicled. He says, "The player doesn't look at themselves in the mirror and see a 40 something year old who's slowed a few steps and lost some bat reaction time at the plate. They see the many time all star who is now much wiser from his vast experience. Usually, the truth lies closer to former." Continue »