The Cardinals were managed by someone other than Tony LaRussa. It's been a long time. But his contract was done when the season ended.
Although this year's strategy proved very successful, certain things were ultimately left unfinished.
That must be what is driving this report. He doesn't want to leave the war he started in Spring Training.
Looks like the long time is going to be longer. Ultimately this is good news. Stability is a key organizational trait.