The Hall of Fame manager had some medical issues in September that forced him out of action for a few days.
To be more precise, La Russa announced last month that he had a pacemaker put into his heart.
Lance Lynn, one of the aces of his staff on the White Sox, had some comments on La Russa and his pending retirement.
“Lance Lynn on Tony La Russa: ‘He’s had a hell of a career. He’s a Hall of Fame manager. He’s had a great run. But when it comes to an end where you don’t really get to choose it because of health, it’s never the way anybody wants to end anything,'” The Athletic’s James Fegan tweeted, quoting the pitcher.
Lance Lynn on Tony La Russa:
"He's had a hell of a career. He's a Hall of Fame manager. He's had a great run. But when it comes to an end where you don't really get to choose it because of health, it's never the way anybody wants to end anything."
— James Fegan (@JRFegan) October 3, 2022
La Russa is 77 and with heart issues, so retirement is probably the best idea.
A True Legend Of The Game
Despite his managing skills declining in recent seasons (after coming out of retirement), it would be foolish to deny that La Russa’s overall body of work has been magnificent.
He won the World Series with the Oakland Athletics in 1989, and then two more with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2006 and 2011.
He was also named the Manager of the Year on four different occasions.
Baseball is changing, and managers like La Russa are slowly being left behind because of their failure to completely grasp analytics.
However, he is one of the true legends of the dugout for his contributions to the game of baseball in other times.
Now, he should prioritize his health and enjoy retirement with his family.
It’s the best for all parties.