Report: Tony La Russa's hire 'ruffled feathers' in White Sox organization

The hiring of La Russa was the decision for chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, the report said.

(670 The Score) The White Sox hired 76-year-old Tony La Russa as their new manager Thursday afternoon, a decision that wasn't popular with the fan base -- or privately within the organization, according to a report.

The hiring of La Russa has "ruffled feathers" inside the White Sox organization, Jeff Passan of ESPN reported.

"A number of employees have concerns about his ability to connect with younger players and how he will adapt to the field after being away 9 years," Passan tweeted.

Passan added that the decision to hire La Russa was made solely by White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf.

La Russa, 76, last managed in 2011 with the Cardinals. A Hall of Fame manager, he was first hired by the White Sox in 1979 and was abruptly fired by the team in 1986. He has won three World Series titles.

La Russa has come under scrutiny in years past for his comments criticizing NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick for kneeling during the national anthem.

The White Sox's decision to hire La Russa was based on his credentials, not a friendship, Reinsdorf said in a statement.

“As everyone in baseball is well aware, I have always respected Tony and am proud to have maintained a great friendship with him over the decades in the game,” Reinsdorf said. “But his hiring is not based on friendship or on what happened years ago, but on the fact that we have the opportunity to have one of the greatest managers in the game’s history in our dugout at a time when we believe our team is poised for great accomplishments.”