Chicago White Sox: La Russa a top candidate for manager

ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - JULY 08: Special Advisor Tony La Russa of the Los Angeles Angels looks on during their summer workout at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 08, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA - JULY 08: Special Advisor Tony La Russa of the Los Angeles Angels looks on during their summer workout at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on July 08, 2020 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /
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Following an interview on Wednesday, Tony La Russa is considered a favorite for the open manager position with the Chicago White Sox.

The Chicago White Sox conducted an interview with Tony La Russa for the open managerial role on Wednesday. Following the interview, Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reported that La Russa remains a top candidate for the opening.

According to sources, the interview was conducted by White Sox general manager Rick Hahn and executive vice president Kenny Williams. Chicago hopes to fill this role in the next 10 days or two weeks.

As previously reported, White Sox management is looking for two main factors of its next manager: someone with a championship pedigree from outside the organization.

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La Russa was inducted to baseball’s hall of fame as a manager in 2014 and surely fits the mold as a candidate with a championship pedigree. The 76-year-old owns a 2728 -2365 record in 33 years managing the White Sox, the Oakland Athletics, and the St. Louis Cardinals.

He owns three World Series titles, one with the Athletics in 1989 and two with the Cardinals in 2006 and 2011. Notably, La Russa hasn’t worked as an MLB skipper since he stepped down in St. Louis following the 2011 championship run.

La Russa hasn’t fully stepped away from the game, however. He worked in the league office for two seasons. He also operated as the Arizona Diamondbacks’ chief baseball office from 2014-17 and in advisory roles with both the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Angels.

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It’s unclear if the Chicago White Sox have interviewed with other candidates, but La Russa provides an interesting option at the helm. Yes, he owns the championship pedigree. Yes, he is technically an outsider after 34 years away from the organization. But, La Russa is 76 years old and may have trouble connecting with Chicago’s young core.