Chicago White Sox: Tony La Russa might not be that bad

Vincent Parise
ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 13: Former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa looks on during the opening day ceremony before a game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Busch Stadium on April 13, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - APRIL 13: Former St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa looks on during the opening day ceremony before a game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Busch Stadium on April 13, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images) /
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The Chicago White Sox might find out that hiring Tonny La Russa wasn’t an awful decision.

The Chicago White Sox announced last week that Tony La Russa was going to be the man who replaces Rick Renteria as the White Sox manager. This is a move that a lot of people are very upset about. He is a 76-year-old retired manager that hasn’t held the position since 2011. People are right to have concerns about how he will manage the modern-day ballplayer after all that has gone on in the world over the past two years.

There were also some other options out there that a lot of people wanted. Alex Cora and AJ Hinch were both coveted names by White Sox fans but that just isn’t happening right now. La Russa is what we have so all we can do is hope that he succeeds.

It is fair to have all of these doubts but the fact remains that this roster is loaded with talent. They are going to be good no matter who their manager is because they have players who can crush the baseball at almost every position. They are also accumulating as much pitching talent as they can get. All of this is coming together to form one of the elite teams in the American League.

It was clear that Rick Renteria wasn’t able to get them over the hump. His starting lineups were often very questionable along with his bullpen management. At the very least, La Russa should be able to be better at managing that. He has done it in the past as he has been a pennant winner six times in his career and a three-time World Series Champion.

Some of you may have watched game six of the 2020 World Series. In that game, Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash took out Blake Snell after giving up only two hits on 76 pitches. La Russa wouldn’t ever do that which is possibly what the White Sox need at this point. Chances are that they are talented enough to win lots of baseball games as long as the manager doesn’t overmanage.

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For those who are worried about some of the off the field things with La Russa, you have to believe that he had conversations with Rick Hahn and Kenny Williams about similar concerns. This White Sox team is young, talented, and vibrant. The last thing they need is someone to ruin it and it is hard to believe that Hahn would allow that to happen. This might, hopefully, turn out to be better than people think.

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