The manager/pitching coach combo has spent the majority of their careers without him. The combo has had 3 of the 4 cy young winners without Walt. 3 of 6 MVP winners (the rest were Pujols).
LaRUssa is 66 years old, Duncan looks like he's even older. The guys have been in St Louis for 17 years now. Pre-Walt and post-Walt. The ownership is going to keep them here as long as they want.
Our weaknesses this year has been a terrible bullpen, outside of a couple guy, and a really bad defense. But there's an extremely good offense and starting pitching here.
Saying they are frustrated seems uninformed at best. THis team is as loose as I've seen them in... well... I can't remember the last time I saw a fun-loving team here. But really that is part of LaRussa's personality. A team takes on the personality of their manager and LaRussa has had a pole up his butt since day 1. LaRussa hasn't become stale, he is an intense as ever and it's obvious that his players still respect him a great deal.
You haven't been paying attention to the Cardinals very much the past 15+ years if you think LaRussa doesn't always fun a fairly uptight team. But it's part of what makes him a great manager. And as much as you Reds fans hate Carpenter, his personality is part of what has made him a great pichter too. Sometimes, in sports at least, being uptight and intensely focused isn't such a bad thing.
TLR won both of his World Series with Jocketty. Jocketty was also the GM in Oakland when TLR was there. The fact of the matter is TLR has made a career of beating up on a division of a couple of small market teams (Cincy and Pitt), the Astros, and the Lovable Losers in Chitown. During that time he has run off some pretty talented players because he couldn't get along with them. No, I don't think TLR has become stale. I just think he's overrated as a manager. He's always had tons of talent to work with. And as for the team, well they looked pretty frustrated at the end of the game on Sunday. Trust me, another second or third place season and the Tony and Dave Show will be gone. A few more FA's like 8 mil for Lance Berkman to play right field and your GM won't be far behind.