I’ve maintained — by nothing more than common sense logic — that Tony La Russa is a long shot to become the next manager of the Chicago White Sox.
Between connecting the dots with regards to White Sox General Manager Rick Hahn’s season-ending press conference the day that they announced Rick Renteria’s dismissal, the comments of Dennis Eckersely, and a new report by Major League Baseball insider Jon Heyman on his “Big Time Baseball” podcast — that notion is looking to be more true by the day.
With the World Series entering its sixth — and potentially final game — my initial belief, and Heyman’s latest report should continue to gain steam.
“A.J. Hinch is going to be in the mix there, but nobody is eligible to talk to him until after the World Series,” Heyman said. “He’s clearly a serious candidate there, and elsewhere.”
“I don’t think that anything is set in stone at this point,” Heyman went on to say.
Heyman mentioned that Jerry Reinsdorf appears to want to “reverse the decision that he made 34 years ago,” and re-hire La Russa, but Heyman isn’t sure that La Russa will take the job, a sentiment mentioned by Dennis Eckersely recently.
You can listen to the episode in its entirety, here.
Hinch is serving a year-long suspension as a result of the Houston Astros now infamous sign stealing scandal that took place primarily during their 2017 World Series Championship run, and lasted as long as the 2019 season.
La Russa last managed in 2011 when he led the St. Louis Cardinals to a World Series and has since been inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame and held various front office positions, most recently (and currently) with the Los Angeles Angels.
According to USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale, the White Sox requested permission to interview the 76-year-old La Russa for their manager position shortly after the decision to move on from Renteria was made.
When the World Series ends, Hinch’s suspension will be over and he will be able to interview with clubs.
Hinch and La Russa have been the only names reported as targets in the White Sox’s search for their next manager.