After the revelation that new White Sox manager Tony La Russa was charged with his second DUI just one day before the White Sox hired him, and that the White Sox intend no punishment or change of course, you’re going to see a lot of takes out there. Rightly so.
The hiring was already dodgy enough, as multiple reports indicate White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf forced his old friend La Russa through the process, rather than letting his front office conduct an actual search. Now the 76-year-old La Russa is providing even more ammo for those who don’t care for the move … including possible free agent targets.
The White Sox might be among the teams believed to have money to spend this offseason, but if La Russa remains, it doesn’t sound like starting pitcher Marcus Stroman has any interest in hearing from them:
— Marcus Stroman (@STR0) November 10, 2020
That about sums it up.
The point here is not only to share Stroman’s perspective, of course, but is also about the broader perception among some players about the hiring and how the White Sox now proceed. This is ugly. It’ll probably get uglier.