White Sox announce La Russa as new manager

Tony La Russa is back with the team he started with as the Chicago White Sox tabbed the Hall of Famer as their new manager on Thursday.

La Russa, four-time Manager of the Year, is the third-winningest manager in baseball history and three-time World Series champion.

La Russa brings his 2,728-2,365 career record back to Chicago, where he began his managerial career in 1979 at age 34. The 76-year-old has not managed a major-league team since retiring after winning the 2011 World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals.

The White Sox parted ways with Rick Renteria in mid-October.

La Russa managed 33 years with Chicago (1979-86), the Oakland Athletics (1986-99) and St. Louis (2000-11). He has won three World Series titles, one with the Athletics (1989) and two with the Cardinals (2006, 2011). La Russa went 522-510 in eight seasons with the White Sox.

Since leaving the dugout, he has worked in front offices of the Arizona Diamondbacks (2014-17), Boston Red Sox (2018-19) and most recently the Los Angeles Angels, where he was a senior adviser.

La Russa was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014.