There has been no shortage of criticism directed at White Sox manager Tony La Russa over the first month of the 2021 season.
Fans on the south side of Chicago have been quick to question a number of decisions, including leaving starters in games too long, pinch hitting moves, and overall lineup construction.
Fans expressing frustration is one thing, but if/when it trickles into the clubhouse, theres a real problem. Thats why White Sox fans were understandably on edge yesterday when 670 The Score reported that “some” in the White Sox clubhouse are losing patience with their Hall of Fame Manager.
The article was careful to not mention whether the reports came from players or not. All the same, the news was troubling.
However, during an open session with media this afternoon, White Sox first-basemen José Abreu seemingly put those rumors to rest.
No player is going to come out and actively criticize his manager to the media, but this is not just any player, it’s José Abreu. This is an MVP and bonafide leader on this team, and if he says the team supports La Russa, that’s something that needs to be taken seriously.
You can also be sure teammates will take note of Abreu’s response to media. If there is any quiet unrest it is undoubtedly being handled internally.
With all the issues surrounding this team at the moment, it has to be.