(670 The Score) There wasn’t much doubt that Tony La Russa would return as White Sox manager in 2022, but considering that general manager Rick Hahn hasn’t talked publicly since the team’s season ended in disappointment, it hadn’t been made official yet.
On Wednesday, La Russa put any doubts to rest.
“Oh yeah, I’m coming back,” La Russa told Paul Sullivan of the Tribune while visiting Bulls practice at the Advocate Center.
La Russa, 77, is under contract in 2022, and the full expectation was always that he’d return to lead the White Sox. He was hired in October 2020 for a second stint as White Sox manager, then led Chicago to a 93-69 mark and American League Central title in the regular season before his club was knocked out by Houston in four games in the AL Division Series.
The only uncertainty came in that after the White Sox’s season-ending loss, La Russa explained that he his return was be dependent on him having the support of the players and team brass. He has received that since.
“It happened right after the season was over,” La Russa told the Tribune. “We’re making plans, talking about next year.”
White Sox shortstop and team leader Tim Anderson praised La Russa after the season ended.
“Speaking from a player’s standpoint, for sure, I want him in,” Anderson said. “He did a great job the way he managed and just being open to us. We did what he wanted us to do, which was go out and play hard for him and giving everything we got. So I was very pleased with him.”