World News – United States – Tony La Russa – 76-year-old Hall of Famer – named new Chicago White Sox manager


The Chicago White Sox stunned the baseball world on Thursday, announcing the hiring of Tony La Russa as new manager

It’s a blast from the past for the franchise with the return of La Russa, who led the Sox to a division title in 1983

The Hall of Famer will be looking to do it again – and more – in a surprising return to organization

« 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 « 

La Russa, 76, was last successful in 2011, when he led the St Louis Cardinals to a World Series title He won three world series as manager of the Oakland Athletics (1989) and Cardinals (2006, ’11)

« 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, in a press release “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 replaces Rick Renteria, who led the Sox to their first playoff appearance since 2008 this season

The Sox and Renteria parted ways Oct 12, less than two weeks after the Sox lost to the A’s in three games in a three-game American League top three-game streak

La Russa has a career record of 2,728-2,365 in 33 seasons and is third all-time in managerial victories He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014

La Russa’s major league managerial career began with the Sox, with whom he went 522-510 from 1979 to 1986 and won the AL West title in 1983 The Sox were 26-38 when he was fired on June 20, 1986 by Ken « Hawk » Harrelson, who was in his first – and only – year as head of baseball operations after being moved from the broadcast booth Less than a month later, La Russa becomes A’s manager

It was a move Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf later regretted, according to a June 21, 2006 Tribune article. In the article, Reinsdorf told MLBcom: “It was the second worst decision I have ever made. Worst decision was to hire Harrelson as general manager and the second worst decision was to let him fire the director »

La Russa returns to a squad filled with young talent, including veteran leaders Tim Anderson, Lucas Giolito, Luis Robert, Yoan Moncada and Eloy Jimenez Jose Abreu, Yasmani Grandal and Dallas Keuchel

The Sox draw on La Russa’s vast experience to help the group take the next step

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World News – States United – Tony La Russa – 76-year-old Hall of Famer – named new Chicago White Sox manager



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