The Chicago White Sox have named Tony LaRussa as their next manager.
The 76-year-old baseball lifer certainly has experience, which was considered a prerequisite for the next managerial hire. La Russa has 2,728 wins and three World Series titles across 35 seasons with three teams. This will be his second go-around with the White Sox after manning the reigns on the South Side from 1979 to 1986 with a 522-510 record. He is most known for the 16 years that he spent managing the St. Louis Cardinals, where he won two of his three championships and earned a .544 winning percentage across 16 seasons.
What appeared to be smoke in the mirrors has now become a reality for a White Sox team that is tied for the third-best odds to win the 2021 World Series. There are looming question marks surrounding the hiring of La Russa, such as how he will handle this role after a nine-season hiatus from managing, among other things.
However, the positive news is that there’s reason to believe that Jerry Reinsdorf, who maintains a longstanding relationship with La Russa, wouldn’t shake him out of his rocking chair if he wasn’t dead serious about contending. The same can be said for La Russa, in that he wouldn’t put his legacy on the line for a loser situation.
With age being a factor for La Russa, this could also be viewed as an opportunity to give trendy in-house option Justin Jirschele a chance to learn from one of the best managers of all time before possibly taking over the role himself in several years.