FILE - This Sept. 23, 1983 file photo shows Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa. La Russa, the Hall of Famer who won a World Series championship with the Oakland Athletics and two more with the St. Louis Cardinals, is returning to manage the Chicago White Sox 34 years after they fired him, the team announced Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/File)

White Sox Hire Veteran Manager Tony La Russa

The Chicago White Sox surprised Major League Baseball by hiring 76-year-old Tony La Russa to be the team’s new manager, Thursday evening.

La Russa has the third-most wins by a manager in MLB history with 2,728. He will become only the second person to have managed an MLB baseball game after being inducted into the hall of fame as a manager.

In 33 seasons of managing, La Russa won three world series titles, six league championships and 12 division titles.

La Russa coached the White Sox from 1979-86 before he was fired by owner Jerry Reinsdorf.

La Russa Decision Controversial

The controversial decision has sparked discussion over whether La Russa is too old to manage or if he’s been out of the game too long.

La Russa, who will be 76 years and 179 days old when the Sox’ are scheduled to play the Angles on April 1, will be the third oldest manager in league history. He is five years older than the second oldest current manager, Dusty Baker.

La Russa last managed for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2011. He retired after the team won the World Series that season.

Now, many are questioning whether or not the former cardinals manager can adapt to the modern game after being out of the league for almost a decade.

MLB writer Jeff Passan wonders how La Russa’s managing style fits into modern baseball.

White Sox Confidence

White Sox general manager Rick Hahn is confident La Russa is the right hire. Hahn believes that he has what Chicago needs to take the next step in becoming a championship contender.

La Russa will be joining an improving White Sox team. Last season, Chicago made the playoffs for the first time since 2008. They would lose to the Oakland Athletics in the wildcard round.

The White Sox hope that he will be able to bring his championship experience to a talented young nucleus led by the likes of shortstop Tim Anderson and second baseman Yoan Moncada.

La Russa went to Twitter Thursday to announce his excitement for his first managing role in 9 years.

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