The Chicago White Sox skipper has been away from the team since late August due to a medical issue related to his heart.
His first season back with the White Sox went as planned, with Chicago going 93-69 and winning the American League Central. But this season hasn’t been as fortunate for La Russa or the White Sox, who are 78-80 entering Sunday and have been eliminated from playoff contention.
La Russa has also faced harsh criticism this season for multiple baffling managerial decisions, including intentionally walking Dodgers shortstop Trea Turner on a 1-2 count, only to see Max Muncy come up and blast a three-run homer.
According to Nightengale, La Russa originally intended on managing in 2023, the final year of his contract. La Russa received a pacemaker after going on leave from the team, and Nightengale reported that doctors told La Russa that he should not manage again.
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