The Chicago White Sox are a team loaded with talent that wildly underachieved during the 2022 Major League season. A lot of it is because people underperformed and the roster had some major flaws. There was also a serious problem with the way that Tony La Russa managed the team.
He consistently put out bad lineups, made terrible strategy decisions, and had a hard time managing the bullpen correctly. He clearly had his favorites which was a detriment t the team in a lot of ways.
Tony left the White Sox at the end of August to deal with some health-related issues. We ended up finding out that he had a pacemaker put in his heart which ended up becoming the reason that he will not return again as manager. Of course, we hope his health improves and everything turns out okay.
On the baseball side of things, Miguel Cairo took over and did a slightly better job than Tony. The team still folded when they needed to win the most but it was clear that some life was jolted into the team.
Tony La Russa is retiring from managing in Major League Baseball once again.
That is why the news of Tony La Russa retiring again is great news for the Chicago White Sox. They can now move forward and try to get back on track with a new manager that is actually a good fit for the team.
It shouldn’t be Miguel Cairo but it should be someone that injects some positive energy. There are plenty of candidates out there that should be considered. We can only hope that Jerry Reinsdorf has no say in the managerial search ever again.
The news came out over the weekend but it became officially official on Monday. It is sad that Tony’s time didn’t work out well because that means the team didn’t do good enough but it is now something that is necessary. He should have never been hired in the first place.
The White Sox have a huge offseason ahead of them. There are roster moves to be made and they need to find the right manager. It certainly won’t be easy but there is hope that the 2023 season could end up being a good one if the team plays it smart.