World News – United States – Chicago White Sox Appoints Tony La Russa Next Manager


CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – AUGUST 11: Former Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa is introduced at a [] ceremony honoring Harold Baines ahead of the start of the White game Chicago Sox and the Oakland Athletics at Guaranteed Rate Field on August 11, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo / Getty Images)

Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf said Tony La Russa’s dismissal in 1986 was his biggest regret, and on Thursday he corrected that mistake after 34 years

The White Sox parted ways with manager Rick Renteria earlier this month, after leading the team to the playoffs for the first time since 2008, but failing in the American League wild card series

La Russa, 76, led the St Louis Cardinals at the 2011 World Series He takes over in Chicago with a multi-year contract

« We are extremely excited about the future of this team, » said Rick Hahn, general manager / senior vice president of the White Sox in a team press release. “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. »

A Hall of Fame member since being elected in 2013, La Russa previously led the White Sox from 1979 to 1986, including their 1983 AL West title, which at the time was No. 1 in the playoffs of the team since 1959 He went on to lead Athletics, which won the World Series in 1989, then the Cardinals, which won in 2006 and 2011 Only Sparky Anderson also won World Series championships in both leagues

The White Sox would have been a desirable landing point for any manager looking for a job in 2021 They have an exciting core of young players on an upward trajectory, but the White Sox don’t seem to have spoken to them. ‘other candidates

« While I have had other management inquiries since retiring, this opportunity with the White Sox brings together a number of important factors that make it the right time and place, » said La Russa in a press release “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 « 

When CEO Rick Hahn announced Renteria’s departure, he spoke about some of the qualifications the team were looking for for their next manager

« Managerial experience is probably ideal, it is not essential, » said Hahn « We are not going to limit ourselves unduly Ideally, having this October managerial experience would be a plus, but we are not going to not interrupt us « 

La Russa obviously fits both qualifiers and others, but there are questions about her ability to connect with the young roster and manage after a nine-year hiatus

Hahn also said the White Sox saw this as an opportunity to look outside the organization after years of being somewhat insular. The team has also gone from longtime pitching coach Don Cooper, and although La Russa has a lasting partnership with Dave Duncan, the latter has said he has no interest in joining La Russa in Chicago.

As for his regret that he fired La Russa 34 years ago, Reinsdorf said his decision this week had nothing to do with it

« As everyone in baseball knows, I have always respected Tony and am proud to have cultivated a great friendship with him over the decades in the game, » said Jerry Reinsdorf, president of the White Sox “But his hiring is not based on friendship or on what happened years ago, but on the fact that we have the opportunity to have one of the greatest managers in the world. history of the game in our shelter at a time when we believe our team is ready for great achievements « 

La Russa comes with a 536 winning percentage as a manager, and his 2,728 career wins are third all-time behind Connie Mack and John McGraw His teams have made 14 playoff games in total

I have covered baseball for several years at places like Sporting News, Chicago Magazine and NBC Chicago, with Forbes BBWAA Freshman Member in 2019 Follow Me

I have covered baseball for several years at places like Sporting News, Chicago Magazine and NBC Chicago, with Forbes BBWAA Freshman Member in 2019 Follow me on Twitter: @jwyllys

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World News – US – Chicago White Sox Name Tony La Russa Next Manager


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