Colby Rasmus, Tony La Russa, And To Whom To Attribute What

At the P-D on Monday Rick Hummel recapped the Tony La Russa/Colby Rasmus situation from the perspective of a newly healthy, newly productive, newly talkative Rasmus, and it's amazing how much a situation can change in three weeks, even when those three weeks are spent watching the St. Louis Cardinals nosedive out of contention. 

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Colby Rasmus and Tony La Russa probably are not ideal for each others' gameplans. But if the full Scott Rolen treatment never materializes, Colby Rasmus's sophomore season will have passed with—

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  • 140-ish games played.
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  • An OPS+ around 135
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  • And zero trades to other teams.
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It's weird to think of this as what a successful sophomore season looks like for a player, especially a player so highly touted as Rasmus, but—I don't know what else this can be called. I don't think I can give Tony La Russa any credit for that, but I don't know what there is to blame him for anymore. (At least about this...)
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