There was a rumor a few weeks ago that mentioned Tony La Russa could become the next White Sox manager. I brushed it off considering La Russa is 76 and thought the White Sox could use a manager that would connect with their young roster.
Well, fast forward to today and Jeff Passan confirmed that the rumors are true:
Man, I feel bad for White Sox fans. Not for Tony La Russa getting hired, but Jerry Reinsdorf is still making big decisions for the team. If you don't know who Reinsdorf is, he's the really old guy from The Last Dance that chose Jerry Krause over Michael Jordan, Phil Jackson, and Scottie Pippen.
This is an interesting hire considering the White Sox have a young, up and coming roster. La Russa has the resume of being a Hall of Famer by winning championships with multiple clubs, but is he the right man for the job? It's going to be interesting to see how the roster responds to La Russa's old school mentality. He also spoke out against kneeling during the national anthem. His star players like Tim Anderson, Jose Abreu, Lucas Giolito, and Eloy Jimenez all kneeled at some point during the season. We'll see if Big Tony can adjust and change his views.
For me personally, I would've liked to see them go with AJ Hinch. Although he was part of a huge cheating scandal in Houston, he still turned one of the worst teams in baseball into perennial playoff contenders. He also had a young roster, similar to what they have in Chicago.
We'll see how this works out on the south side, but if it flops, someone needs to tell Reinsdorf to sell the team. Who's letting an 84-year-old make franchise-altering decisions?
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