(670 The Score) White Sox manager Tony La Russa’s lineups and in-game decisions make for perhaps the hottest debate topic in Chicago sports these days. If not, they’re certainly as reliable a source of bickering as you could find, because there seems to be something every single day.
One of the few individuals who could have influence in that realm – specifically with the lineups – is White Sox general manager Rick Hahn, who reiterated he’s satisfied with his input on that front.
“I’m absolutely comfortable with my input there,” Hahn said in an interview on the Bourbon & a Buddy podcast with Shane Riordan. “Am I getting everything I want every single day? Of course not. The manager and the coaches, the guys that are – it’s a cliché – but in the trenches every day with these guys ultimately need to have final say over the lineup. Now, they hear from me, they hear from (executive) Kenny (Williams), they hear from our analytics group, they hear from our trainers. And ultimately at the end of the day, Tony has to make the decision about what he feels puts us in the best position to win. I have zero concerns that any of those contributions that I just named are not being heard. I know they’re all being heard, but again, at the end of the day, the manager is charged with looking in the eyes of the players, understand what he feels he needs to do to put the in the best position to succeed and that’s his job. He’s a personnel man in the end – about putting the personnel in the best position to have success.”
The White Sox were 35-39 as they entered an off day Thursday, six games back of the AL Central-leading Twins. The White Sox start a three-game series at the San Francisco Giants on Friday night.