Last week, it seemed like Tony La Russa might be returning to the Chicago White Sox sooner than later but it doesn’t seem as likely following his interview ahead of Sunday’s game. He is with the White Sox ahead of their game against the Oakland A’s but not serving as their manager.
La Russa wanted to be there as the A’s honor Dave Stewert by retiring his number ahead of the game. Stewart was the ace of the pitching staff when La Russa was the manager of the A’s back in the day. They all had a lot of success together.
The White Sox have been playing without La Russa for a couple of weeks now as he left with an undisclosed medical condition. Miguel Cairo has taken over as the acting manager in the meantime.
On Sunday before the game, La Russa announced that he had a pacemaker put into his heart. He returned to Arizona to have that done but he is uncertain if he is able to rejoin the team at any point this season.
The White Sox might be without Tony La Russa for a while with his condition.
Since his departure, things have gone very well for the White Sox. They have won nine games and only lost three times. It was obvious that the White Sox needed to change things up this year as they were not playing well before he left them.
All of the criticism is baseball related. Of course, everyone has well wishes for La Russa as he tries to recover from this condition. As of right now, it is just obvious that the White Sox just need to keep going with what they have.
Tony is one of the greatest managers in the history of the league but his time with this White Sox team needs to be over. It was okay in 2021 but things have not gone well in 2022. His health is most important and he should work on that first and foremost.
This doesn’t mean that Tony can’t have a job with the White Sox. There are plenty of things for him to do in the front office that doesn’t require him to be the manager. Regardless of all the baseball talk, however, it is good to know that he is okay because that is the most important.