Tony La Russa’s stunning hire causes immediate White Sox drama

Tony La Russa is making a stunning comeback to an MLB dugout.

The Chicago White Sox announced Thursday the 76-year-old Hall of Famer is the team’s new manager. La Russa has not managed since 2011, when he won the second of his two World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals. La Russa also won a World Series with the Oakland A’s in 1989.

Not everyone within the White Sox is thrilled about the hiring, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, who reports the move has “ruffled feathers” in the organization and that owner Jerry Reinsdorf made the decision on the hire. There is concern, per ESPN, about La Russa’s long layoff from managing and whether he can connect with younger players.

La Russa, whose 2,728 wins as manager is the third-most in MLB history, began his big-league managing career in 1979 with the White Sox, whom he managed for parts of eight seasons before he was fired in 1986. He quickly jumped to Oakland, where he managed for parts of 10 seasons before taking the Cardinals job in 1996.

La Russa has also worked for the Diamondbacks as chief baseball officer and as a vice president with the Red Sox. He was most recently a senior advisor for the Angels.

The White Sox fired Rick Renteria earlier this month after he led them to the playoffs.

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