The Los Angeles Angels have allowed the Chicago White Sox to interview Tony La Russia for their managerial opening, a source told ESPN on Wednesday, confirming a USA Today report.
La Russia, 76, have not been able to serve as chief league manager since the end of the 16-year run in 2011 with the St. Louis Cardinals, which ended La Russia’s third World Series championship this season.
La Rusha began his managerial career with the White Sox from 1979 to 1986. White Sox president Jerry Ransdorf bought him on the team for three years and saw La Russia sack 64 games in that ’86 season, then join the Auckland Athletics after the season. Which eventually turned into a Hall of Fame fame career to continue. Rinsdorf has long regretted that decision.
After his feud with the Cardinals, La Russia played executive roles with Major League Baseball, the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Boston Red Sox and the Angels, who hired him as a senior adviser on baseball operations after the 2019 season. It’s not certain whether La Rusa is willing to manage again, but those who have been around him this year have noted that he invests heavily in his role and nevertheless has a distinct passion for the game.
As a result of the Houston Astros fraud scandal at the conclusion of the World Series whose all-year suspension AJ Hinch is also seen among the favorites to replace Rick Renteria.