Report: White Sox manager Tony La Russa to retire

Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa looks to the field from the dugout before the team's baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Chicago, Friday, June 10, 2022. (Nam Y. Huh/AP)

Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa is reportedly announcing his retirement, according to USA Today Sports’ Bob Nightengale.

La Russa planned on fulfilling his contract in 2023, but at the end of August had to leave the team to undergo a procedure to repair his pacemaker, and his heart health has plagued him and drove the decision to retire.

Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014, La Russa managed the White Sox from 1979-86, before running the Oakland Athletics for 10 seasons and then the St. Louis Cardinals from 1996 to 2011. He won a championship in Oakland (1989) and two in St. Louis (2006, 2011).

He retired in 2011 after winning the second Cardinals title, before coming out of retirement in 2021 to return to Chicago.

In his first season of his second stint, La Russa led the White Sox to a 93-69 record, an AL Central title, and fell to the AL champion Houston Astros in four games in the American League Division Series.

This season, the White Sox have amassed a 79-80 record, second in the AL Central behind the Cleveland Guardians.

Overall, La Russa has managed 5,417 MLB games, with a 2,899-2,514-4 record, good for a .536 winning percentage.

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