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Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Report: Jerry Reinsdorf chose not to tell others within White Sox after Tony La Russa informed him of DUI arrest

When the news broke last November that newly hired White Sox manager Tony La Russa had been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence in the Phoenix area in February 2020, the organization quickly acknowledged that it was aware of the incident before hiring La Russa on Oct. 29.

That’s true, but the pervasiveness of that knowledge within the White Sox was limited to one individual. La Russa informed chairman Jerry Reinsdorf of his DUI incident early on in the interview process, but Reinsdorf didn’t share that with anyone, Bob Nightengale of USA Today Sports reported in a piece Wednesday that focused on La Russa. The day after the incident back in February, La Russa had also informed Angels owner Arte Moreno, as he was working as an adviser for the organization at the time. La Russa offered to resign, but Moreno chose to keep him on with the Angels for the 2020 season, Nightengale reported…

Throughout the process, Reinsdorf stood firm by La Russa, who also pled guilty to a DUI charge back in 2007 as well.

“I made no excuses, it was an inexcusable mistake,” La Russa told USA Today as White Sox camp gets set to open. “It has cost as much embarrassment personally as possible. Anyone to think that this wasn’t something that had a very negative impact…

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 17, 2021 at 01:12 PM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. JJ1986 Posted: February 17, 2021 at 06:40 PM (#6005532)
I know there are only 30 GM PoBO jobs, but if I'm Rick Hahn and have no power in my organization, I might resign.
   2. asinwreck Posted: February 17, 2021 at 06:52 PM (#6005536)
Rick Hahn has a seven-digit annual salary and job security as long as Reinsdorf has a pulse. That buys a lot of pride.
   3. The Gary DiSarcina Fan Club (JAHV) Posted: February 17, 2021 at 08:00 PM (#6005539)
I know there are only 30 PoBO jobs, but if I'm Rick Hahn and have no power in my organization, I might resign.


Is this true? Do all teams have a President of Baseball Operations? The Angels have a team president (John Carpino), but he's got no baseball operations duties as far as I know. I guess I'm not completely sure what the PoBO does that rises above the level of a GM.

As to the article, of course Arte Moreno kept him on. I'm really over Moreno as the owner of my favorite team.
   4. JJ1986 Posted: February 17, 2021 at 08:20 PM (#6005541)
Is this true? Do all teams have a President of Baseball Operations?
No. I think most do, but it's not nearly all of them. I just meant that you can't use "GM" as synonymous with top-baseball-guy anymore.
   5. ramifications of an exciting 57i66135 Posted: February 17, 2021 at 08:32 PM (#6005542)
I know there are only 30 GM PoBO jobs, but if I'm Rick Hahn and have no power in my organization, I might resign.
we can't all be sam hinkie.
   6. The Duke Posted: February 17, 2021 at 09:45 PM (#6005554)
1. It’s a rather juvenile radio call-in sentiment. Who resigns six-seven figure cushy job because the boss decided not to loop you in on something? Answer: No one in the history of the world.

Reinsdorf did everyone in the org a favor by keeping it to himself. The only person who’s opinion matters here is Reinsdorf. I’m sure no in the white Sox org wanted to hire him anyway, so what value does reinsdorf get from asking their opinion?

If reinsdorf had told one person it would have been splashed onto the front page of The Athletic. And if people inside had known and not said anything, the press would be having a field day trying to cancel them today.

Loose lips sink ships
   7. DFA Posted: February 17, 2021 at 11:12 PM (#6005573)
As to the article, of course Arte Moreno kept him on. I'm really over Moreno as the owner of my favorite team.


On the plus side, your favorite team has been to a World Series in the last 40 years...
   8. JJ1986 Posted: February 18, 2021 at 07:20 AM (#6005584)
If reinsdorf had told one person it would have been splashed onto the front page of The Athletic. And if people inside had known and not said anything, the press would be having a field day trying to cancel them today.
But this way they got to keep it a secret...
   9. . Posted: February 18, 2021 at 10:33 AM (#6005625)
1. It’s a rather juvenile radio call-in sentiment.


It's the internet and BTF. You'd expect otherwise?
   10. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 18, 2021 at 10:35 AM (#6005627)
Hell, did anyone besides Reinsdorf even know LaRussa was hired until it was a done deal?
   11. McCoy Posted: February 18, 2021 at 10:43 AM (#6005628)
I've told the story before but:

I knew a guy who was an exec for the Sox BITD and in fact had the office next to Hawk Harrelson when he was the GM. Hawk was roundly hated in the front office and they were all glad he got ousted. A few years later Reinsdorf approached the exec team of the front office and asked them about their thoughts about bringing Hawk back to call the games. Every single one of them said no way. Reinsdorf did it anyway.

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