Tony La Russa is one of the greatest managers to ever live. He has had a tremendous amount of success through his years spent with a couple of different organizations. Unfortunately, he hasn’t been very good in his latest tenure with the Chicago White Sox.
The 2021 season was carried by pitching with some clutch hitting from unexpected sources. The stars also played to the top of their game when they were healthy which was nice to see. Tony didn’t have to do much because the team was rolling. He did okay but there were some mistakes.
Since then, however, things have been terrible. The Chicago White Sox have basically been a .500 baseball team all season long. Tony La Russa has had a terrible year as the manager. The lineups have been bad, the bullpen management has been bad, and almost all of the in-game strategic moves have been bad as well.
It is time that the White Sox make a big move and fire him. He has done great things in this game but his time to manage the White Sox should be up. Jerry Reinsdorf got to hire his friend to be the manager but now it is time to finally let Rick Hahn pick his guy.
The Chicago White Sox needs to make a change in the manager position.
If that doesn’t work then it is time to fire Hahn as well but letting him find his own manager for his roster is well deserved. La Russa is not doing what is necessary to get this team over the hump. Instead, he is driving them into the ground.
Thursday’s game was a prime example of why he needs to be removed as the manager. He started the game by questioning the statements made by Johnny Cueto about the fire in this team. Later in the game, there was a clear lack of hustle which makes you wonder if he gets it now.
He also made a very odd decision to bring in Jose Ruiz in a high leverage situation when Joe Kelly got hurt. Ruiz then proceeded to allow the Royals to run away with the game and get the win. It was one of the many things that he has done to cost the White Sox a game this season.
They say that teams (in all sports) play to the personality of their coach. Well, that seems to accurately describe the White Sox. They play slow, disorganized, quiet baseball. They need change and they need it fast.