The Chicago White Sox entered the 2022 MLB season with as much hype and expectation as any in recent memory. With the All-Star Game approaching, the White Sox have failed to live up to the hype thus far. There are numerous reasons as to why that is, but if you ask Ozzie Guillen, you can certainly add Tony La Russa to that list.
After yet another loss on Tuesday afternoon, Guillen blasted the future Hall of Fame manager on the postgame show.
Ozzie Guillen calling Tony La Russa "Rick Renteria With Credentials" on the postgame show.
— Rick Gregg (@rickgregg) July 12, 2022
He referred the White Sox manager to as “Rick Renteria with credentials. Renteria is a former major leaguer who also managed the White Sox from 2017 through 2020. On his watch, Chicago struggled massively. They lost 100 games in 2018 and lost 90 more the following season.
The White Sox are not nearly as dreadful this year. But they are still underperforming. They lost 4-1 to the Cleveland Guardians on Tuesday, dropping them to 41-45 on the season. They are in third place in the American League Central behind both the Guardians and Minnesota Twins.
Chicago has been brutalized with injuries this season. Eloy Jimenez, Yoan Moncada, Luis Robert, Yasmani Grandal and Tim Anderson have all missed extended periods of time with injury. Outside of Jose Abreu, that's essentially the rest of the offense. Lance Lynn just joined the team for the first time all season. There might not be a team that has dealt with more injuries this year.
Nevertheless, Guillen took the opportunity to throw La Russa under the bus. It is possible that the future Hall of Fame manager's age is influencing his ability. But to call into question his ability to manage is laughable. La Russa has won three World Series titles with three different teams.