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Animal Rescue Foundation To Benefit from Tony LaRussa’s Criticism of Umpires

by recycler on October 5, 2011

St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa’s unhappiness with umpires Sunday will lead to some additional smiles for LaRussa’s Animal Rescue Foundation, according to LaRussa.

Tuesday afternoon, Major League Baseball announced Tony LaRussa was being fined an undisclosed amount for comments he made during an in-game interview Sunday evening during the Cardinals’ National League Division Series game against Philadelphia. LaRussa claimed Sunday that there were two different strike zones for the two separate teams.

Speaking from the team’s dugout during the game, La Russa told TBS, “I would add — which could get me in trouble, but I’m going to add anyway — is that we are pitching to two different strike zones.”

During Tuesday’s telecast of Game 3 of the NLDS, LaRussa discussed the fine and said he didn’t argue when MLB called him. He also said that the money from the fine will be donated to his Animal Rescue Foundation.

The Animal Rescue Foundation “saves the lives of countless animals each year whose time has run out in public shelters and who are scheduled to be killed.” ARF, started in 1991 by LaRussa, continually works to take pets destined for death at public shelters and find them new homes with caring families.

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