According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, reports indicate that manager Tony La Russa will return to the Chicago White Sox in 2022.
La Russa made his managerial return with the White Sox in 2021. He had not managed since 2011 prior to that. La Russa had a walk into the sunset type of season in 2011 after he helped lead the St. Louis Cardinals to their second World Series title under his reign. In a shocking move in October of 2020, the White Sox announced that La Russa was coming out of retirement to replace Ricky Renteria.
At first, the move was met with a lot of scrutiny. Some fans came around on the idea, while others were mortified at the idea of La Russa managing the team. La Russa had some off-field issues that sparked a lot of debate on whether he could, or should, lead the White Sox into hopeful contention.
A lot of media and fans alike didn’t know how the hard-headed La Russa would fit in with a team trying to “Change the Game.” It seems La Russa was able to fit in and helped lead the White Sox to their best record since 2005. The White Sox won 93 games in La Russa’s first year back.
La Russa signed a three-year deal. Though he is 77-years-old, he has stated that he still has the drive to manage. It looks like the White Sox will have him for at least another year as they prepare for the 2022 MLB season.