In a week of shocking manager choices, Chicago just stole the spotlight in that category. Tony La Russa, 76 years young, returns as a MLB manager after a nine year hiatus.
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. pic.twitter.com/RKP24rleHP— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) October 29, 2020
To say this was a surprising choice is putting it lightly. Seriously, who had this on their baseball bingo card for 2020?! This was a choice by the White Sox that was met with immediate confusion and anger by the most vocal White Sox fans. But there’s only one person who has to like the move:
The hiring of Tony La Russa has ruffled feathers in the White Sox organization. A number of employees have concerns about his ability to connect with younger players and how he will adapt to the field after being away 9 years.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) October 29, 2020
This was a Jerry Reinsdorf decision. Simple as that.
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