Tony La Russa Announces He Won’t Return To White Sox In 2023


White Sox manager Tony La Russa made a statement today saying he will not return to his role until 2023. His contract has one more year left, but he has been battling health issues that have kept him away from the team since late August. Last weekend there were reports that an announcement of this nature would be made today.

“In February, I had a pacemaker installed and my doctors gave me permission to start spring training as planned,” the statement from La Russa reads. “A periodic check of the device later revealed a problem. During battle training on August 30, I was made aware of the problem, removed from uniform and tested by doctors the next day. The solution was to update the pacemaker in Arizona and not return as manager without medical clearance.

La Russa goes on to outline a second, unspecified health issue diagnosed earlier this year that he wanted to address in the coming off-season. “While I was inactive with the pacemaker, the second problem was analyzed. As a result, a corrective plan has been developed by my medical team and implementation has begun. I informed the White Sox of this second problem while not having a uniform to handle the pacemaker. This season, neither issue has negatively impacted my responsibilities as a White Sox manager. However, it has become apparent that the length of the treatment and recovery process for this second health issue makes it impossible for me to be the White Sox manager in 2023. The timing of this announcement now allows the front office to fill the manager position with their other off-season priorities.”

He then goes on to express his disappointment with his performance this year, but makes it clear that he is not angry with the fans, even those who laughed at him, because he understands that the club wants to win. The White Sox are currently 79-80, eliminated after qualifying in the previous two seasons. In a press conference following the release of the statement, La Russa said he has not yet discussed another role with the organization as his health is currently his focus, per Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times.

General manager Rick Hahn also attended the press conference and said talks about the next manager have already started, Van Schouwen said.Twitter left). As for what they’re looking for in their next skipper, Hahn says they want someone with recent management experience and success. A pre-existing relationship with the organization is not a requirement, although acting manager Miguel Cairo gets a call.

The Sox are battling a handful of other clubs who are also looking for new field bosses for 2023. The Marlins and Don Mattingly announced he won’t be back next year, while the Blue Jays, Phillies, Angels and Rangers all have their managers fired here mid-season in 2022. Some of those clubs may be able to keep their interim managers, and the Blue Jays seem a candidate to do so.

Whoever the White Sox grab to drive the dugout next season will have a very similar roster to La Russa this year. Many of the club’s core performers will still be under the control of the club next year, with the most notable exception being first baseman Jose Abreuc. However, the last time Abreu approached Free Agency, he was re-signed to stay in Chicago and might do the same again.

Of course, the organization can always make changes to the roster during the low season, although they may be financially hampered. The club set a franchise record last year with an opening day salary of $129MM, but shattered that here in 2022 by rising to $193MM, according to figures from Cot’s Baseball Contracts. Next year’s spend is $121MM so far, according to the estimate of Jason Martinez of Roster Resource. However, that number does not include raises for players eligible for arbitration, such as Lucas Giolito or options for players like Tim Anderson, not to mention a possible new contract for Abreu. As such, Hahn recounts: Van Schouwen that the club is likely to be more active in the merchant market than in free agency this winter.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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