White Sox manager Tony LaRussa released a statement today saying he will not be returning to his role through 2023. His contract runs for another year, but he has been dealing with health issues that have kept him out of the team since late August. reports It was revealed over the weekend that the announcement would be made today.
“This February, I had a pacemaker installed and was cleared by my doctors to begin spring training as scheduled,” La Russa’s statement read. “A periodic check of the device found a problem. During batting practice on August 30, I was informed of the problem, taken out of uniform, and examined by doctors the next day. The pacemaker update in Arizona was the solution, and I should not return as a manager without medical clearance.”
La Russa outlines a second, unspecified health problem that was diagnosed earlier this year. “While I was inactive with the pacemaker, the second problem was analyzed. As a result, a corrective plan has been developed and implemented by my medical team. When I was steady in handling the pacemaker, I reported this second issue to White Sox. At no time has this season negatively impacted my responsibilities as White Sox manager. However, the length of the treatment and recovery process for this second health issue made it clear that I would not be the White Sox manager in 2023. The timing of this announcement now activates the front office to fill the manager position. along with their other off-season priorities.”
He expresses his disappointment with his performances this year, but makes it clear that he is not upset with the fans, even those who mocked him, as he understands their desire for the club to succeed. The White Sox are currently 79-80, eliminated from postseason contention after qualifying the previous two seasons. In a press conference following the release of the report, La Russa said he was not discussing another role with the organization as he was now focusing on his health. Daryl Van Schouven of the Chicago Sun-Times.
General manager Rick Hahn also took part in the press conference and said that discussions about the next manager have already begun, with Van Schoeven (Twitter Links) As for what they will be looking for in their next captain, Hahn says they want someone with recent managerial experience and success. A pre-existing relationship with the organization is not a prerequisite though as an executive manager Michael Cairo Will get an interview.
The Sox will compete with a handful of clubs looking for new field bosses for 2023. The Blue Jays, Phillies, Angels and Rangers announced he would not be back next year, as did the Marlins and Dan Mattingly. In 2022 they removed their managers from the interim. Some of those clubs will retain interim managers with the Blue Jays. It seems As a candidate to do so.
Whoever the White Sox lead the dugout next season, they’ll likely have a roster similar to the one La Russa had this year. Most of the club’s key performers are under club control the following year, with the most notable exception being the first baseman Jose Abreu. However, the last time Abreu approached free agency, he re-signed to stick around Chicago, perhaps to do the same again.
Of course, the company can always make changes to the cash register. The club set a franchise record last year with $129MM in opening day payroll, but shattered that by going up to $193MM in 2022 numbers. Cutin’s Baseball Deals. Roster Resource’s Jason Martinez estimates that spending for next year so far is $121MM. However, raises for arbitration-eligible players are not included in that number Lucas Giolito Options for players like or Tim Anderson, not to mention a potential new deal for Abreu. Thus, says Hahn Van Schouwen The club will likely be more active on the trade market than free agency this winter.
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