CHICAGO. Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa will not return to the dugout this season.
La Russa, who turns 78 on Oct. 4, underwent “additional testing and medical procedures last week,” the team said, and doctors have ordered the Hall of Famer to refrain from driving for the rest of the season.
Bench coach Miguel Cairo will continue as White Sox manager.
“Right now the focus is on his health,” general manager Rick Khan said when asked if La Russa still wants to run the club.
La Russa left the White Sox prior to the August 30 game against Kansas City due to a heart problem. He returned to the club in Oakland on September 11 and flew back to Chicago to play a two-game series against Colorado.
La Russa waited for permission to return to the dugout and drive during the games. Chicago lost to Detroit 7-2 on Saturday night.
“We are going to continue to follow his desire to keep most of the specific details and his personal information under wraps,” Khan said on Saturday. “I spoke to him on the way this morning and he didn’t mind us letting everyone know that there was a treatment protocol that he planned to follow. As a result, he will not manage the remainder of this season.
“As for the inevitable question, ‘What does this mean for next season?’ We’re going to finish this season first and then decide everything when it’s appropriate to turn the page at the end of this year.”
Cairo said he spoke to La Russa for about 15 minutes on Friday night and he is doing well. When asked if he wanted to become a manager, Cairo replied that he was focused on the current season.
“Now we have 11 more games,” Cairo said. “I don’t know what will happen. He has one more year.”
“Today I spoke to the players, let them know that there are 11 more games ahead,” said Cairo, who was the coach on the bench. “Let’s finish strong.”
The White Sox won 10 of their first 14 games under Cairo, but lost five in a row to succumb to Al Central leaders Cleveland in a season-high nine games.
“Miggi and the coaches have done a very good job,” Khan said. “We have repeatedly seen, unfortunately not over the past four days or so, but over extended periods over the past few weeks, how this team has shown flashes of play at the level that we thought they were capable of during the whole season. Too late during the year.
“But I think these guys deserve a lot of credit for what they were given on the fly and how they reacted, both in the coach’s room and how they reacted.”
The White Sox started the season with high hopes of a divisional title defense under La Russa.
“He’s a Hall of Famer,” outfielder Eloy Jimenez said. “He influenced everyone at the club. For us, he wasn’t available for the games we played and he’s fighting for his life, so that’s not good. That’s all I can say now.”
Tigers manager AJ Hinch said La Russa’s health is a “number”. 1 problem.”
“It’s hard work; You can’t take your health for granted,” Hinch said. “We men in this sport don’t often ask for help, so I’m glad he’s doing well. In terms of management, he’s a Hall of Famer. He has done everything that any of us who have ever held this position can dream of. His achievements on different teams, different leagues, different positions in baseball, the number of players he has touched, the staff he has developed, his resume speaks for itself, and his influence on the game should always be respected.
The White Sox also made several roster changes. outfielder Louis Robert will be closed for the season because the discomfort in his sprained left wrist worsened after he hit the field, Khan said. On Saturday, Chicago placed Robert on the 10-day injured list. outfielder Mark Payton was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte.
Reliever Joe Kelly was reinstated from the family sick leave list, and left-hander Tanner Banks was turned over to Charlotte.
short stop Tim Anderson Khan said he could return this season after being placed on the injured list with a torn sagittal band on his left middle finger on August 9. Anderson was expected to miss six to eight weeks.
“The question is whether it makes sense at this point in the year to try to rush into that two-week window, or to let nature take its course and send him off-season fully healed,” Khan said.
right-handed Michael KopechHis right shoulder is doing well, but the White Sox have discussed having a cyst removed from his knee, Khan said. Kopech was put on the list for 15 days due to inflammation of his right shoulder on 17 September.
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said the Atlanta Braves will “forever be known as the upset kings of October” for their incredible victory in the 2021 World Series as he welcomed the team to the White House for a victory celebration.
Biden called the Braves race “unstoppable and joyful.” The team visited the White House just over a week before the end of the 2022 regular season and the resumption of the playoffs. The Braves are 1.5 games behind the New York Mets in the National League Eastern but have secured a spot in the MLB playoffs starting October 7th. Chief Executive Officer Terry McGuirk expressed his hope that they would return to the White House again soon. .
In August 2021, the Braves were in disarray, playing at barely .500. But then they started winning. And they continued like that, winning the World Series in six games over the Houston Astros.
Biden called their performance “the greatest turn in history.”
“This team has literally been a part of American history for over 150 years,” Biden said. “But none of it came easy… people considered you. Hell, I know a thing or two about being left out.
The players lined up on stands behind Biden, grinning and waving to the crowd, but the player most talked about was a player who hadn’t been on the team for nearly 50 years and who died last year: Hall of Famer Hank Aaron.
Hammerin Hank was the home run king for 33 years, dethroning Babe Ruth with a lefthand blow on April 8, 1974. He was one of the most famous players in Atlanta and baseball history, a keen chronicler of hardships. was thrown along the way, from the poverty and segregation of his Alabama youth to the racist threats he faced while chasing one of America’s most sacred records. He died in January at the age of 86.
“This team is defined by the courage of Hank Aaron,” Biden said.
McGuirk said that Aaron, who held positions at the team’s headquarters and was one of the few black leaders in Major League Baseball, was watching them.
“If he were here, he would be with us every step of the way,” McGuirk added.
The president often honors major league champions and some college athletic champions with a ceremony at the White House, usually a non-partisan one, in which the commander-in-chief pays homage to the prowess of the champions, poses for photographs, and leaves with the team jersey.
These visits were highly valued by the previous administration. Many athletes took issue with President Donald Trump’s policies and rhetoric regarding police, immigration, and more. Trump, for his part, did not like criticism from athletes or their expression of political views on the field.
Under Biden, the tradition seems to have returned. He hosted the NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks and the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the White House. He joked about First Lady Jill Biden’s affections for Philadelphia.
“Like every Philadelphia fan, she is convinced that she knows more about everything in sports than anyone else,” he said. He added that he couldn’t be too kind to the Atlanta team because they had beaten the Phillies in extra innings the night before.
Biden backed Major League Baseball’s decision to cancel this summer’s All-Star Game in Atlanta in protest of Georgia’s sweeping new voting law that critics say is too restrictive.