Tony La Russa is leaving the Diamondbacks, team announces

‚ÄčThe Arizona Diamondbacks announced Wednesday that Chief Baseball Analyst Tony La Russa is leaving the team at the end of October.

“I am grateful to everyone in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization for the opportunity to complete my baseball education,” La Russa said in a release from the D-backs. “After years in uniform and working with the Commissioner and many special members of Major League Baseball, being a part of the D-backs was both exciting and educational."

In the release, La Russa said working baseball operations, player development and scouting was a "24-7, 12-month job" that was "more demanding" than he ever realized.

La Russa, a Hall of Fame manager, was the team’s Chief Baseball Officer from 2015-2016.

D-backs President and CEO Derrick Hall thanked La Russa for his work with the team and community.

“Having his Hall of Fame credentials, vast experience and knowledge of the game as resources to rely upon and learn from has been tremendous," he said. "The transition to the new leadership team has been smooth and flawless with his willingness and positivity. I will forever value his hard work and our friendship.”

A specific reason for his departure was not released. 

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