Smith said he hadn't felt he belonged with the Cardinals since his last year with them coincided with manager Tony La Russa's first year as manager.
"I think everybody knows that I didn't fit in," Smith said. "And when you don't fit in . . . that's one of the reasons why I kind of backed off (of doing on-field work with the Cardinals). I won't do anything as long as the current management is in place."
At first, La Russa was trying to downplay any friction. But in Monday's paper, he changed his tone.
"Speaking personally, I don't think he would be good for our ballclub," said La Russa, who sought out the Post-Dispatch before Sunday's game. "For him to repeat those comments is really unreasonable. That invitation is no longer there.