3 former White Sox to replace Tony La Russa as manager

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Chicago White Sox, AJ Pierzynski
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1. AJ Pierzynski

AJ Pierzynski is someone that may make sense as a Chicago White Sox manager.

One of the most beloved players in the history of the franchise is AJ Pierzynski. He played for the White Sox from 2005 all the way until 2012. He also had stops with the San Francisco Giants, Minnesota Twins, Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, and Atlanta Braves.

During his amazing career, he has been a Silver Slugger, an All-Star, and a World Series champion. Of course, he was the main backstop of the greatest Chicago White Sox team of all time. Winning the championship with the 2005 group is the highlight of his amazing career.

AJ certainly isn’t a Hall of Fame player or anything like that but he was very good. His name appeared on the ballot during his first year of eligibility. He should absolutely be remembered for how good he was on some very good teams.

He was very talented which is a must for Major League Baseball but he also used his brain to help himself. You might remember the play where he helped the White Sox win a playoff game because he was the only one on the field that remembered the dropped third strike rule.

He was also the type of person to get heated during games with people who challenged him. This is the type of fire and smarts that this White Sox team needs right now. He is currently a broadcaster that has expressed interest in managing one day. The White Sox would make sense for him.