Sport White Sox make bold move, hire Tony La Russa to lead team to championship
AP source: Angels give White Sox OK to interview La Russa
CHICAGO (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels granted the Chicago White Sox permission to interview Hall of Famer Tony La Russa for their managing job, a person familiar with the situation said Wednesday. The person, confirming a USA Today report, spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Angels typically do not comment on personnel matters. A three-time World Series-winning manager, the 76-year-old La Russa joined the Angels prior to this season as senior advisor of baseball operations. (AP Photo/Matt York, File) The person, confirming a USA Today report, spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Angels typically do not comment on personnel matters.
The Chicago White Sox are bringing back one of their own. The team made a bold move Thursday, announcing the hiring of former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa.
The team did not announce the length of the 76-year-old La Russa’s contract.
Tony La Russa, a member of baseball’s Hall of Fame, the third-winningest manager in baseball history, a three-time World Series champion and a four-time winner of the Manager of the Year Award, has been named the new manager of the Chicago White Sox.— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox)
La Russa returns to the White Sox after managing the team from 1979 to 1986. La Russa compiled a 522-510 record with the team. After La Russa was fired by Ken “Hawk” Harrelson in 1986, La Russa went on to manage the Oakland Athletics and the Cardinals. He’s won three World Series championships as a manager, won the Manager of the Year award four times and is already a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. It’s the first time a Hall of Fame manager has ever returned to the dugout.
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According to Hall of Fame, Tony La Russa becomes the first active HoF manager (not HoF player who became a manager) in baseball history.— Tim Brown (@TBrownYahoo)
How will Tony La Russa mesh with the White Sox?
The La Russa hiring comes with some significant questions. While La Russa has proven to be an effective manager over his career, he hasn’t held that role since 2011. The game has changed drastically since then. The opener exists, starting pitchers are pulled from starts earlier and the stolen base, hit and run and sacrifice bunt have all seen their usage decline. La Russa has remained around the game since leaving the Cardinals in 2011, mostly in front office and executive roles. It’s possible he’s fully aware and plans to implement current strategies with the White Sox, but fans won’t know until La Russa starts managing games that matter.
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On top of that, La Russa will be tasked with connecting to a young, diverse White Sox roster. The team’s biggest and most marketable star is shortstop Tim Anderson — who is Black. Anderson was among the most vocal players to speak out onin the United States during the 2020 MLB season. He’s not the only member of the team who has taken a stance on that issue. The White Sox had six players kneel in protest on opening day. La Russa has made comments in the past in which he said he would make players who protest “ ” for disrespecting the flag.
A lot has changed since La Russa made those comments in 2016, and it’s possible he’s altered his view on the subject. If La Russa hasn’t, some White Sox players may already be at odds with their new manager.
While those players will have to do their best to make it work, others may shy away from playing for La Russa. Former New York Mets starter Marcus Stroman liked acalling out La Russa’s comments about protesting. With the La Russa hiring, the White Sox may have already lost out on a free-agent starter they desperately need.
This story will be updated.
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