Chicago White Sox’ manager Tony La Russa has had an interesting beginning to his career in Chicago.
He is a legendary coach who previously managed the White Sox during the first portion of the 1980’s before moving to Oakland from 1986-1995, and St. Louis from ‘95-2011. Following the 2011 campaign with the Cardinals that saw them win the World Series, La Russa seemingly retired from coaching. But he returned in 2021 with the White Sox and despite leading them to the postseason, rubbed some players the wrong way after calling out one of his own players for breaking an unwritten rule.
But La Russa recently echoed a different sentiment after standing up for his players. He made the following comments in response to White Sox fans claiming the team needs a new right fielder.
“White Sox fans know we have guys in this camp who can handle it.”
He also said that fans who say they need a new right fielder are “probably not White Sox fans.”
The Sox are currently expected to implement a mixture of Gavin Sheets and Andrew Vaughn at the position. However, Adam Engel and Leury Garica could see time in right as well for strictly defensive purposes.
But with Vaughn slotted to see most of his time at DH, Sheets will see the most action right field. And La Russa understands that the 25-year old is talented and should not be overlooked. Sheets hit .250 with an .830 OPS in 2021 to go along with 11 home runs over just 54 games. One can only imagine what the outfielder can accomplish over the course of a full 162 game season.
Tony La Russa and the White Sox are excited to see what the future holds for Gavin Sheets, Andrew Vaughn, and the rest of the ballclub in 2022.