(670 The Score) When he was the White Sox’s general manager back in 1986, Hawk Harrelson fired then-manager Tony La Russa during the season. The decision had nothing to do with La Russa’s managerial skills, as Harrelson points out. It had more to do with a power struggle and other friction.
So what does Harrelson, the legendary White Sox broadcaster, think of the team considering La Russa for its managerial vacancy after Rick Renteria was fired on Monday? He's all in.
“I’m just hoping that Tony will accept, because of the fact that he’s possibly one of the greatest managers, if not the greatest manager, that we’ve ever seen,” Harrelson said on the Mully & Haugh Show on Thursday morning.
The White Sox have asked and received permission from the Angels to interview the 76-year-old La Russa for their managerial opening. La Russa works in an advisory role for the Angels. He hasn’t managed since 2011, when he retired after leading the Cardinals to a World Series title. La Russa returned to the game soon after, working in the league office and then becoming the Diamondbacks’ chief baseball officer.
La Russa was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014 and is third all time among managers with 2,728 wins. Harrelson isn’t concerned by the fact that La Russa hasn’t been in the dugout for almost a decade. He believes La Russa would adjust quickly to the modern player, strategies and analytics.
“There are some guys that are 76 going on 85 and there are some guys that are 76 going on 60,” Harrelson said. “And Tony is in that latter category. He’s got a really great baseball mind. That wouldn’t even be a concern to me at all. He’ll adapt. And that’s what great managers have to do. They have to adjust. And Tony has always been a guy (to adjust).”