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Batting Around: Why it might be time for the White Sox to move on from Tony La Russa

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We are now two months away from the start of the 2022 MLB regular season. The sample size isn’t that small, but there’s still a LOT of season ahead, and many teams are still vying for a spot in the new 12-team post-season format.

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Throughout the season, CBS Sports MLB experts will host a weekly Batting Around roundtable for you, in which almost everything is sorted out. Breaking news, historical issue, thoughts on the future of baseball and all that. Last week we discussed the next manager to be fired.. This week we will deal with the fate of another skipper.

Should the White Sox replace Tony La Russa?

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Dane Perry: Yes. They lose games because they make decisions in the dugout, and recent deliberate walk on the count of 1-2 in itself is a serious crime for someone whose main task is “not to screw up.” First, it was a weird hire and it didn’t work. The AL Central can still be won, but the Sox need a competent manager to make it big. Rip off the band-aid now.

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R.J. Anderson: Yes. The White Sox shouldn’t have hired him at all. Their poor performance isn’t entirely his fault, but he’s also not going to be the reason for the turnaround.

Matt Snyder: Yes. There are many reasons why the White Sox struggle, and while it’s not just La Russa’s fault, he is part of the problem. Even if you disagree and think he hasn’t done anything wrong this season, what could hurt? He’s 77 years old and sometimes making changes to shake things up is unsettling. At worst, nothing will change.

While we’re here, for the few remaining people defending La Russa: when was the last time someone had to defend any of Terry Francona’s baseball moves? There is a great manager. Someone who does the work quietly and doesn’t get in the way, not someone we have to discuss several times a month.

Mike Axisa: La Russa no in reason why ChiSox is below 0.500 and doesn’t live up to expectations, but it a reason, and the evidence that he can’t get the most out of his team is mounting. It’s not Vince Velasquez’s fault that Vince Velasquez starts, or that Tim Anderson is injured – Chicago’s lack of depth, which was a concern at the start of the season, is made clear by these injuries – but he continues to beat Leuri Garcia close by. off the top of the squad and his bullpen management was questionable.

A manager’s job is to help his players succeed and I’m not sure La Russa does that. He seems to be out of his liferemember when he let Liam Hendrix run the bases because he didn’t know the extra innings rule?) and the team is working below their talent level. This is a pretty good sign that changes need to be made. The Phillies fired Joe Girardi and went on a big break. The Angels fired Joe Maddon and continue to swear. Firing a manager is not a panacea, but it can help.



Source: www.cbssports.com

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