When I got up this morning and read that Ozzie Guillen was being released from his managerial duties with the Chicago White Sox, I was thinking of possible replacements and Tony La Russa’s name was the first to pop into my head.
La Russa recently has gone year to year with his deals with the Cardinals and his future, not only with the Cardinals, but as a manager is always a question mark. I’ve said all along that when La Russa passes John McGraw for #2 on the all-time win list, that’s when La Russa will step down. Tony will become the second winningest manager sometime next season.
La Russa got his managerial start with the White Sox and years later after he was let go, Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf said it was one of the biggest mistakes he has made. Now, according to sources to FOX Sports, Reinsdorf will “strongly consider” adding La Russa. However, while he may be on top of their wish list, there is no guarantee that La Russa would leave St. Louis. The team has made another strong run and while the future of Albert Pujols is up in the air, there is a solid base that would keep the Cardinals competitive. Pujols knows La Russa won’t be there forever, but if Pujols was signed by another team, Chicago may be an attractive choice for La Russa.