Tony La Russa has been missing from the Chicago White Sox dugout for the last couple of weeks because of an unspecified medical reason.
He has gone through extended testing back home in Arizona but nobody knows exactly what is going on. Of course, no matter what happens on the field, we all want Tony to be okay.
On Thursday there was a story out there about the fact that Tony might resume his duties sometime soon. That would certainly be an interesting decision by the White Sox considering what the team has done since he has left.
Regardless of what happens in 2022, the White Sox might make a change ahead of 2023. If they do, these in-house candidates would be of great consideration as his replacement:
1. Miguel Cairo
Miguel Cairo has done a great job in Tony La Russa’s shoes since he’s been out.
The top option internally is always going to be Miguel Cairo. He is the current bench coach that has been the acting manager since La Russa’s departure. Since taking over this year, he has a record of 7-3 and the White Sox have scored a lot of runs.
Since La Russa has been hired, Cairo is 9-3 between the two years as he had two games as the acting manager in 2021 as well. Nobody knows why but the boys get up to play a little bit harder when he is behind the bench.
That is why allowing La Russa to come back in 2022 would be an extremely questionable decision. However, deciding if Cairo is the guy going forward is something that needs to be discussed. He wouldn’t have been in the mix before any of this recent news but he has done so well to be considered a candidate.