October 13, 2020 | 12:07pm | Updated October 13, 2020 | 12:07pm
A couple of interesting names have already emerged as candidates for the managerial vacancy created Monday when the Chicago White Sox fired Rick Renteria after their first postseason appearance since 2008.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported that “many signs point to” former Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch as the White Sox’s “top choice,” although he is unable to speak to teams until after the World Series due his one-year ban stemming from the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal during the 2017 season.
The White Sox also are expected to “reach out” to 76-year-old Hall of Famer Tony La Russa about the opening, according to USA Today. He began a 33-year managerial career in Chicago from 1979-86 before winning one World Series with the Oakland A’s in 1989 and two with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2006 and 2011.
“Ultimately, I think the best candidate or the ideal candidate is going to be someone who has experience with a championship organization in recent years,” White Sox GM Rick Hahn said Monday. “Recent October experience with a championship organization would be ideal. But we’re going to keep an open mind. These next weeks, several weeks, we’ll diligently pursue who’s on our list and go from there.”
La Russa’s 2,728 career wins rank third on MLB’s all-time list, behind Connie Mack (3,731) and John McGraw (2,763). He has worked in the front offices of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Angels since stepping down as Cardinals manager following their 2011 title and remains close friends with White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf.
The Sun-Times additionally listed Alex Cora, who was Hinch’s bench coach in Houston before also getting fired by the Red Sox last year for his involvement in the Astros’ cheating scandal, and fill-in Cleveland manager Sandy Alomar Jr. as “possible candidates.”
A source told USA Today, however, that the White Sox are “not interested” in Cora, the younger brother of former Chicago bench coach Joey Cora.