The Los Angeles Angels have given the Chicago White Sox permission to interview Tony La Russa for their managerial opening, a source told ESPN on Wednesday, confirming a report from USA Today.
La Russa, 76, has no longer been a major league manager since he finished a 16-year run with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2011, a season that culminated in the third La Russa World Series championship.
La Russa began his managerial career with the White Sox from 1979 to 1986. White Sox president Jerry Reinsdorf bought the team three years later and sacked La Russa 64 games that ’86 season, then saw him join. Oakland Athletics later that season. to spark what eventually became a career in the Hall of Fame. Reinsdorf has long regretted this decision.
Following his run with the Cardinals, La Russa took on executive roles with Major League Baseball, the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Boston Red Sox and the Angels, who hired him as a senior consultant for baseball operations after the 2019 season. It’s clear if La Russa wants to get back into the game, but those around him this year noticed that he was heavily invested in his role and still had a strong passion for the game.
A.J. Hinch, whose one-year suspension due to the Houston Astros cheating scandal ends at the conclusion of the World Series, is also seen among the favorites to replace Rick Renteria.