The Chicago White Sox, who dismissed former manager Rick Renteria last week after four years at the helm of the club, have reportedly zeroed in on former manager Tony La Russa as their top candidate for the opening.
The 76-year-old La Russa would return to the franchise which gave him his first managerial opportunity if he is hired, as he served as the club’s manager from 1979-1986, making the playoffs only once as a young head man.
La Russa is currently employed as a senior adviser for baseball operations for the Los Angeles Angels, a position that he was hired for in 2019. The Florida native has held front office roles with the Angels, Diamondbacks, and Red Sox since leaving the St. Louis Cardinals in 2011.
He is best known for his time as a manager of the Cardinals, where he captured the 2006 and 2011 World Series titles. La Russa’s St. Louis qualified for the playoffs 9 times in 16 seasons with him at the helm between 1996 and 2011.
La Russa is known as one of the best managers in baseball history after his success with the Cardinals and also with the Oakland Athletics from 1986 to 1995, where he also won a World Series.
The White Sox are expected to make a decision over the next few weeks.