LAKELAND, Fla. -- What would normally be the time for Tony La Russa to be running a camp will instead be the time for the three-time World Series champion manager to be learning. The former Cardinals manager is expected to join the Tigers on Tuesday for a two-week stretch learning front-office rules and mechanics from team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski.
La Russa, who was scheduled to arrive in town Monday night, will not be in uniform, and will not be paid by the Tigers. He'll spend his mornings with Dombrowski and other team officials at workouts before heading to the offices at Joker Marchant Stadium in the afternoon.
Dombrowski and La Russa go back to the 1980s, when they both were employed by the Chicago White Sox. Tigers manager Jim Leyland was on La Russa's coaching staff for much of that time.
As long as he's here and observing, Leyland plans on having some conversations about camps with his close friend.
"We're going to talk some baseball. That's what baseball people do," Leyland said. "But he's going to be with Dave after the workouts."
Leyland said La Russa was worried about being a distraction. Leyland told him he wouldn't be.
"I think it's absolutely tremendous," he said. "I'm going to pick his brain. It's a pretty good brain to pick."