The Chicago White Sox are going into the 2021 season with Tony La Russa as their manager. He was a surprising hire as he has been away from managing baseball for ten years. Since he last managed, he has literally been elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Well, after some comments made by Alex Cora, it sounds like he was interested in coming to the White Sox before they made that decision to bring back La Russa happened.
Alex Cora thought the Chicago White Sox was a good destination for him as a manager.
Alex Cora was recently hired back by the Boston Red Sox to be their manager again. He won the World Series with them in 2018 and they were one of the most dominant teams in the history of the sport. He was fired before the 2020 season because he was suspended by Major League Baseball for his involvement in the 2017 Houston Astros sign-stealing scandal.
Cora recently appeared on the Section 10 Podcast which is a Boston Red Sox podcast hosted by Barstool Sports. In the interview, he went over a variety of topics like the current Red Sox players, Mookie Betts, his situation with the scandal, and the decision-making process that led to him being back in Boston.
He knew that three teams were options for him as they had current coaching vacancies. He ruled out the Detroit Tigers and had it down to the Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox. The way he described his thoughts on managing the White Sox might surprise some people:
"“The Chicago one was intriguing when it opened up. Right? Because it is a team that has a lot of upside, a lot of Latino players, you know. We talked about it as a family.”“The White Sox, we love the city. We love, I mean that is a good baseball team. Then Tony happened and it was like woah. Okay. Here we go.”"
After that, he started the process of becoming the Red Sox manager again. It is a bit frustrating that the Chicago White Sox might have missed out on this opportunity in favor of a manager who hasn’t managed in about a decade. He described his love for the Red Sox in between those two quotes which make sense but the fact that the White Sox were that interesting to him and his family sure is noteworthy.
There are some fans who might not want Cora but he is a great baseball manager who made a mistake. The Red Sox were so good with him as their leader and he is going to help them try and get back to that level. Don’t be surprised if he succeeds. All us White Sox fans can do at this time is hope that La Russa is just as good if not better in 2021. It would have been nice to have Cora but it is sweet knowing that high-profile guys like that have the White Sox on their mind.