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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa remaining with Red Sox

The Red Sox aren’t fully cleaning house of Dave Dombrowski’s top lieutenants—Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa has agreed to remain with the organization, per an industry source.

La Russa arrived as a special assistant to Dombrowski, but he ingratiated himself to the entire baseball operations department. A constant presence at Fenway Park and a frequent observer on the road, La Russa served not only as a sounding board for manager Alex Cora, but anyone in the organization who wanted to draw on his 56 years of big league experience.

Wait- this doesn’t mean he’ll end up being the one calling the shots in practice, does it?


QLE Posted: September 21, 2019 at 01:04 AM | 7 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. PreservedFish Posted: September 21, 2019 at 07:47 AM (#5881465)
"Ingratiate" is an odd word choice here. Was the author unaware of the negative connotation?
   2. Nasty Nate Posted: September 21, 2019 at 09:44 AM (#5881475)
They're only keeping him to appease the spoiled impatient fans ...
   3. Jose Is Absurdly Chatty Posted: September 21, 2019 at 10:43 AM (#5881487)
He has Larry Lucchino’s ear obviously.

I was at the game on Thursday afternoon and LaRussa was standing on the concourse looking somewhat forlorn. Admittedly he doesn’t have the happiest of faces on a good day. Anyway he looked pretty unhappy and I was surprised that no one was getting a picture or asking for autographs. Anyway I thought about stopping and asking for a selfie but he looked so unhappy I felt bad and didn’t bother him.
   4. Darren Posted: September 21, 2019 at 11:26 AM (#5881497)
^^Reason #2,342 that it's clear Jose is a nice guy.
   5. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 21, 2019 at 11:47 AM (#5881504)
You should have given him a hug, Jose.
   6. gef, talking mongoose & vexatious litigant Posted: September 21, 2019 at 12:14 PM (#5881518)
He has Larry Lucchino’s ear obviously.

Holy Van Gogh, Batman!
   7. The Yankee Clapper Posted: September 22, 2019 at 03:50 PM (#5881896)
Most of the article is behind the ESPN insider pay wall, but this appears to be the gist of Buster Olney’s take on the desirability of the Red SOX GM job:
Two World Series titles in six years, and two executives -- with two very different personalities, operating very differently -- both dismissed. These decisions loosely frame the industry perception of the Red Sox as a chaotic company, a miserable place to work. Boston owner John Henry needs to understand this, because it is why some of the people he'd probably love to consider as possible replacements for Dombrowski privately dismiss the idea out of hand.
Not that many GM jobs where you have a real chance to win, so I doubt Henry will be stuck with La Russa, unless he wants to be.

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