World News – CA – White Sox hire Tony La Russa, new Hall of Fame manager – SportsnetCalifornia


CHICAGO _ Tony La Russa, the Hall of Famer who won a World Series with the Oakland Athletics and two more with the St Louis Cardinals, returns to manage the Chicago White Sox 34 years after their dismissal

La Russa, 76, joins the franchise where his managerial career began over four decades ago He takes over from Rick Renteria after the White Sox insisted on a mutual agreement to go their separate ways

« We are extremely excited about the future of this team, » Managing Director Rick Hahn said Thursday. “As we have shown in 2020, this is a young and talented club that we hope will only grow better and better in the years to come. By adding a Hall of Fame manager who is recognized as one of the best in gaming history, we are one step closer to our goal of bringing White Sox fans closer to another championship. »

La Russa inherits a squad filled with young stars and productive veterans who made the playoffs for the first time since 2008, only to give up and get knocked out in the wilds round

Becomes senior five-year-old major league manager Dusty Baker of Houston at 71

« While I’ve had other management questions since retiring, this opportunity with the White Sox brings together a number of important factors that make it the right time and the right place, » said La Russa. “The talent on the pitch is incredible, and the front office, led by Kenny Williams and Rick Hahn, has done everything necessary to create an atmosphere of long term success. All of these factors come together to make this a tremendous opportunity, and I’m excited to start as soon as possible by building a coaching staff and getting to work « 

La Russa, who began his managerial career with the White Sox in the 1979 season, returns to the shelter for the first time since 2011, when he led St Louis passed Texas in the World Series. also won championships with Oakland in 1989 and the Cardinals in 2006

La Russa is 2728-2365 with six pennants over 33 seasons with Chicago, Oakland and St Louis He was entered in Cooperstown in 2014 Only Hall of Fame members Connie Mack (3731) and John McGraw (2763) have more wins

LaRussa got his first major league managerial job at 34 when the White Sox promoted him from Triple-A to replace fired Don Kessinger He took over that August and led them to a record 522-510 over games of eight seasons

The 1983 team won 99 games on their way to the AL West Championship _ Chicago’s first playoff appearance since the 1959 White Sox Go-Goes won the pennant But he was fired in 1986 by the then general manager Ken Harrelson after the White Sox made a 26-38 start

President Jerry Reinsdorf has long regretted authorizing this move and remains close to La Russa Now they are meeting

« His recruiting is not based on friendship or what happened years ago, but on the fact that we have the opportunity to have one of the greatest managers in the history of the game in our shelter at a time when we believe our team is ready for great achievements, ”said Reinsdorf

The move is a surprise considering how long it has been since La Russa was in the dugout General manager Rick Hahn said the White Sox are looking for someone who has « experience in a championship organization these days. last years »

Former Houston manager AJ Hinch and former Boston skipper Alex Cora fit this description Both have been suspended by Major League Baseball for the 2020 season for their roles in the Astros sign-stealing scandal , and both lost their managerial position Their punishments ended this week

Although he hasn’t been in a dugout for nine years, La Russa is still part of the game

Shortly after retiring, he went to work in the league office for two years to help former Yankees coach Joe Torre with discipline issues on the field.

In May 2014, he was hired by the Arizona Diamondbacks to oversee their baseball operation They signed Zack Greinke to $ 206 in transactions 5 million after the 2015 season La Russa was demoted to an adviser post after a 93-game losing season in 2016 and joined the Boston front office as special assistant to the president of then, Dave Dombrowski in November 2017

La Russa was with the Red Sox when they hired Cora and won the World Series in 2018, and he spent last season as a senior advisor for baseball operations with the Los Angeles Angels, helping with player development. It remains to be seen if any of manager Joe Maddon’s eccentricities rubbed off on him

Maddon keeps the atmosphere relaxed and fun, whether it’s having a magician or zoo animals at the baseball stadium or showing up to a tie-dye-decked spring practice with a 1970s van who blows up Earth, Wind & Fire’s Shining Star « La Russa, of course, was known more for her scowl than her smile. Now he’s up against a dynamic, outgoing team, where Tim Anderson’s bat flips almost seem like as common as pop flies

Then again, he’s no stranger to dealing with outsized personalities He had Rickey Henderson and Jose Canseco in Oakland, after all

The White Sox have never made a back-to-back playoff appearances But after ending a losing streak of seven seasons, they are in a position to change that

They have a core of young players on friendly deals, starting with Anderson Veteran Jose Abreu has gotten into the running for AL MVP by driving in 60 races Ace Lucas Giolito has started his first no-hitter

Eloy Jimenez hit 296 with 14 home runs and 41 RBIs Luis Robert, who agreed to a six-year, $ 50 million contract in January, has shown star potential in a rookie year on a roller coaster. got off to a good start and hit a massive homerun in the playoffs against Oakland, although it also collapsed in September

Now the White Sox are banking on La Russa to help them qualify for the championships, as he did with Oakland and St Louis

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