October 29, 2020 at 1:03 pm #146166
The deed is done. Another move I did not expect when the rumors first surfaced.
Tony La Russa, a member of baseball’s Hall of Fame, the third-winningest manager in baseball history, a three-time World Series champion and a four-time winner of the Manager of the Year Award, has been named the new manager of the Chicago White Sox. pic.twitter.com/RKP24rleHP
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) October 29, 2020October 29, 2020 at 1:08 pm #146168stlcard25ParticipantPaid - Annual
Wow, that’s a bit of a shock. At his age, you wouldn’t think he would want to come back to that daily grind. It will be interesting to see if he still holds sway over the players in today’s game like he did in his younger days.October 29, 2020 at 1:12 pm #146170
Just a hunch, but I bet his coaching staff won’t be confused with the Sunshine Boys.October 29, 2020 at 1:16 pm #146171
Good for Tony! He is taking over a fantastic team. He has come full circle in his managerial career.October 29, 2020 at 1:18 pm #146174
The hiring of Tony La Russa has ruffled feathers in the White Sox organization. A number of employees have concerns about his ability to connect with younger players and how he will adapt to the field after being away 9 years.
This was a Jerry Reinsdorf decision. Simple as that.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) October 29, 2020October 29, 2020 at 1:18 pm #146176
Congratulations, @TonyLaRussa on being named manager of the @whitesox! This marks the first time in baseball history that a Hall of Famer elected as a manager will return to the dugout. https://t.co/cSjelEh2wt pic.twitter.com/bpGAD5XZh3
— National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum ⚾ (@baseballhall) October 29, 2020October 29, 2020 at 1:22 pm #146178
Not one current MLB player was alive when Tony La Russia was first hired to manage the White Sox in 1979.
— Peter Botte (@PeterBotte) October 29, 2020October 29, 2020 at 1:22 pm #146179October 29, 2020 at 1:24 pm #146181October 29, 2020 at 1:45 pm #146187
TLR is one of the keepers of Baseball’s Unwritten Rules…
This is what Tony La Russa told @AdamKilgoreWP about Fernando Tatis Jr's 3-0 grand slam against the Texas Rangers in August
— Joon Lee (@joonlee) October 29, 2020October 29, 2020 at 2:17 pm #146192
What’s that? Tony LaRussa, 76 years old and nine years removed from the dugout, may struggle to connect with his predominantly young and Latin team?
If only he could acquire an intimately trusted player who’s revered by those young stars to act as co-manager and build a bridge.
— Jeff Jones (@jmjones) October 29, 2020October 29, 2020 at 2:22 pm #146196
Sorry, but Molina is not co-managing material. Good with Latins, ok. Good with teammates, yes. Good with pitchers, you bet. Good with everything else involved in being a manager, maybe not.
Some people act like TLR was put in charge of Baseball Ops. That is Kenny Williams. Rick Hahn is GM under Williams. TLR is the field manager. It appears he will get to pick his coaches, but to think he will get to set the roster is quite a reach. And a player-coach would count as one of each.October 29, 2020 at 2:23 pm #146197
TLR managing the White Sox, in the same division as Mike Matheny, is hysterical and fun. It will entertain me greatly in 2021. So I love it. That's it. I'm not overthinking it.
— Brenden Schaeffer (@bschaeffer12) October 29, 2020October 29, 2020 at 3:40 pm #146210October 29, 2020 at 8:14 pm #146229
A classic Tony-ism. Not quite on the same level as “Men not machines” and “Boy, I would love to manage against you!” (standard response to a stupid question).October 29, 2020 at 8:26 pm #146231
TLR’s unretirement has ruffled some feathers.
Tony La Russia’s return to manage was a surprise to committee members who selected him for the Hall of Fame. Jack O’Connell of the BBWAA: “If you’re asking me if that’s disturbing, my answer is yes. We were all assuming his career was finished and the body of work was complete.”
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) October 29, 2020
Veteran committee members are so adamant about Hall of Fame managers not un-retiring that according to the BBWAA’s Jack O’Connell, when word was going around Tommy Lasorda might try a managerial encore, Yogi Berra told Lasorda, “You’re retired, and you’re going to stay retired!!”
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) October 29, 2020October 29, 2020 at 8:28 pm #146232
On another note, I thought the purpose of baseball is to win and in order to win you need to score runs and in order to do that you need to hit pitches, especially bad pitches. I absolutely hate when players take 3-0 strikes center-center.October 29, 2020 at 9:48 pm #146235
Saw this going around on Twitter and thought I should share with those who don’t tweet like some of us. I’m a sucker for old tv game shows and I’ve never seen this before today. Now I really want to dig up the entire episode and give it a watch.
— Baseball by BSmile (@BSmile) October 30, 2020October 30, 2020 at 7:22 am #146245PugsleyAddamsParticipantPaid - Annual
A treasure of a find, Black Hills! From youngest ML manager to (near) oldest. I’m trying to think which skippers were older than TLR. I would imagine the likes of Casey Stengel, Connie Mack, John McGraw, Gil Hodges and maybe an Early Weaver. Very cool seeing Nipsy Russell in that clip. He makes my Top 10 all time game show regular celebrity list, with notables such as Charles Nelson Riley, Richard Dawson, Betty White and the alluring Fannie Flagg.October 30, 2020 at 9:08 am #146269
I think the BBWAA dude who votes on the Hall needs to stop ironing his undies. “Disturbing?” Get over it, man…October 30, 2020 at 7:40 pm #146387bicyclemikeModeratorPaid - Annual
Don’t forget Charlie Weaver Pug, on Hollywood Squares. Wasn’t he Sigourney Weaver’s grandfather?
Anyway, TLR is certainly taking a club on the rise, and coming full circle as was mentioned earlier in this thread. I don’t think he will have any trouble relating to the younger guys.
The Pale Hose are a shoe-in to make the playoffs in ‘21, barring a rash of injuries. It will be interesting to see how far Tony can take them in the post season.
Old managers? Let’s see, Mack and Stengel come to mind as Pugs mentioned. Gene Mauch managed for a long time. – one of those guys who went from a young skipper to an old one, similar to Tony. The Padres brought an elderly Jerry Coleman down from the radio booth one year to manage. Sparky was pretty old when he managed the Tigers, but maybe he just looked old due to the gray hair. Tony colors his so he hides his age a little.
I look for Tony to win a division next year. And if he takes the Sox all the way, it will be a one-and-done deal.October 30, 2020 at 9:14 pm #146388
I saw results that showed both Mack and Stengel had terrible W-L records late. Of course, they had terrible teams, too.October 30, 2020 at 9:38 pm #146396PugsleyAddamsParticipantPaid - Annual
Beautiful call with Charley Weaver, BicycleMike! Which of course, brings Paul Lynde to mind. Connie Mack was indeed the oldest skipper at the ripe old age of 87. Second eldest was Jack McKeon at 80, with the great Casey Stengel coming in to show at age 74. Looks like TLR will knock Casey out of the money and into the number 4 slot this coming Spring.November 9, 2020 at 8:40 pm #147056November 9, 2020 at 10:11 pm #147057mudvilleParticipantPaid - Annual
The White Sox must have offered TLR a boatload of money in order for him to take on so much responsibility at his age. Good luck, Tony. Don’t forget where you parked your car. Can’t blame him for hitting the sauce. But getting behind the wheel afterward is definitely a no-no.
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