The Chicago White Sox have gone back to the future to hire their “new” manager—Dr Emmett Brown, ummm, I mean Tony LaRussa. He was previously their manager from 1979 – 1986.
He led the ChiSox to the playoffs in 1983, which was their first postseason appearance since 1959. After getting fired part way through the 1986 season, he moved on to the A’s and then the Cardinals, winning a World Series at each stop. That, obviously, is what the White Sox are hoping for…and didn’t think Rick Renteria could do.
At 76, he is now the oldest current manager, surpassing the 71-year-old Dusty Baker. LaRussa is also now the second oldest manager ever at the time of his hiring (Jack McKeon, 2011 with the Marlins at age 80). He is already has a plaque in the HoF, and has the third most victories as a manager ever with 2,728. Connie Mack is untouchable at 3,731, but he will presumably surpass John McGraw’s 2,763 (the presumption primarily due to having to assume the coronavirus pandemic does not prevent an at least almost full 2021 season.
He hasn’t managed since 2011. However, I feel safe in predicting there will be many, many pitching changes in the White Sox’ future.