You never know how things are going to turn out, but it was a questionable decision on the part of division rival Tigers
In a startling but still predictable move, the Chicago White Sox announced they have hired Tony La Russa as their new manager
La Russa, who is 76 and has failed since her St Louis Cardinals won the World Series in 2011, has the Hall of Fame pedigree that the White Sox (read: owner Jerry Reinsdorf) wanted in their new skipper He has scored over 2,700 victories in his managerial career, as well as three World Series titles – one with the Oakland Athletics in 1989 and two with the Cardinals La Russa previously led in Chicago in the early 1980s and won the AL West title in 1983 with the Sox, but was sacked by former general manager Hawk Harrelson after a slow start in 1986
But all this experience doesn’t change the fact that La Russa is 76 years old and hasn’t been successful for almost a decade
When Tony La Russa last led the White Sox: – They were in AL West – There were 26 MLB teams – Only 5 2020 Sox members were born – Ozzie Guillen was his SS from 22 years old – Tom Seaver was his OD SP – Hawk Harrelson was his general manager
The tweet above alludes to the biggest hurdle La Russa and the Sox roster face in 2021: Relationships with each other La Russa is now the longest-serving manager in all of baseball for nearly a year. a decade and, once again, hasn’t spent much time in an MLB clubhouse since 2011 He will be in charge of guiding a young and talented team, with many players of African American or Latin descent Normally I wouldn’t pay much attention to this – most MLB managers are old white men facing the same challenges. – but La Russa’s comments on Colin Kaepernicks’ protests at the national anthem in 2016 may not suit his new roster which saw six players kneel during the anthem on opening day in 2020 La Russa and her new shortstop may also have differing opinions on how the game should be played
Here’s what Tony La Russa told @AdamKilgoreWP about Fernando Tatis Jr’s 3-0 Grand Slam against the Texas Rangers in August He’s set to be Tim Anderson’s manager https: // tco / UUkUjPixzW picTwittercom / VPnFzavaif
La Russa may also struggle to fit in at the front office Like every other baseball team since La Russa was last in the dugout, the White Sox have embraced analysis. His hiring already appears to have sparked dissension in the ranks, leaving fans and media to point to owner Jerry Reinsdorf as the architect behind the move La Russa said all the right things after joining the Arizona Diamondbacks as baseball chief in 2014, but his tenure was a disaster and he was demoted three years later.
Now that might not mean anything in the end The White Sox have a lot of talent in their ranks, have already made the playoffs in 2020 and are poised to become a force in AL Central for coming years A healthy portion of their core is still under 25 and is under club control well into the next decade.Their front office has done well in creating a cohesive roster that looks set to take the next step, in big terms. part thanks to a development team that helped shape the aforementioned young and local core The White Sox could ultimately be good enough that La Russa’s alleged flaws didn’t matter
And La Russa himself may not be as problematic as the internet thinks Like former White Sox skipper Rick Renteria, La Russa is fluent in Spanish and has experience in management outspoken young talent (Rickey Henderson, anyone?) La Russa’s previous comments went back several years now, and could be quickly (if not already) forgotten once he knows his new roster
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