A contention window slammed shut on the Chicago White Sox because of Tony La Russa’s influence. It will never reopen as long as he is still involved with the franchise.
La Russa is back with the team as a senior advisor. He stepped down as manager following the 2022 season due to health issues.
There were reports that La Russa helped team owner Jerry Reinsdorf conduct the worst general manager search in the history of baseball. Well, it was not a search as Reinsdorf did not interview any candidates. Instead, he over-promoted Chris Getz.
Getz confirmed in November that the Hall of Fame manager was back with the team as a senior advisor.
There was speculation that La Russa was actually running the White Sox. La Russa recently spoke to Chicago Sun-Times Sox beat writer Daryl Van Schouwen and tried to make it clear he is not the man in charge.
Although before we go over why that is hard to believe that it is true, La Russa provided more information as to why he had to step away from his second stint as the team’s manager. Tony had to leave the team before the 2022 season ended, a season in which the team was the most disappointing and underachieving teams in baseball, to address a heart issue. He also revealed he was dealing with cancer.
La Russa is now healthy, and no matter how you feel about Tony, it is great to see him back in good health.