2 freshly fired manager replacements for Tony La Russa
Joe Maddon is someone that makes sense to replace Tony La Russa right now.
Firing guys named Joe seems to be the thing for Major League franchises so far this season. Like Joe Girardi, Joe Maddon isn’t the ideal long-term solution for the White Sox but he would make so much more sense than Tony La Russa after being fired this season.
Also like Girardi, Maddon’s shortcomings with the Los Angeles Angels weren’t all his fault. We have seen the same story with Angels for a long time now. Mike Trout has been there for a long time and no long-term success has come from it.
Now, they have Shohei Ohtani who might be the greatest baseball player who ever lived and their pitching was still mostly awful. That team needs a lot more than a manager to get it turned around.
Maddon has already had managerial success in town as he helped the Chicago Cubs end their World Series doubt in 2016. He is clearly comfortable living in Chicago which would be an added bonus. He is clearly someone that could help this team take the next step.
Obviously, as mentioned a few times already, neither guy is the perfect long-term solution for this team. However, Tony La Russa has got to go. If that were to happen, bringing in one of these two guys for the rest of the season can really help them.