Jul 6, 2022; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago White Sox manager Tony La Russa (22) looks on from the dugout during the first inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Another Chicago White Sox game, another baffling managerial decision by Tony La Russa.

There’s no denying that La Russa is a legendary baseball manager, with three World Series victories and four Manager of the Year honors, but the 77-year-old has also offered up some of the most overwrought and confusing moves of this Major League Baseball season, specifically when it comes to intentional walk scenarios where the odds are already heavily in his team’s favor.

La Russa was at it again on Tuesday in Chicago’s game against the Cleveland Guardians. Down 4-0 in the 5th inning, with a runner on second and two outs, you could possibly make the case that the Sox should intentionally walk Jose Ramirez in order to try and create an easier third out. However, once Chicago had Ramirez on an 0-1 count following a foul ball, the idea of an intentional walk would have seemingly gone out the window, right?

Not to La Russa, however, as that’s exactly what the White Sox did.



“I have no idea,” analyst Steve Stone when asked why you would make a decision like this.

MLB fans and media members had some strong reactions to the decision and how it fed into a larger narrative about La Russa, how the game has passed him by, and it’s probably time for the White Sox to end this experiment.


For the record, the decision ended up “working,” as Guardians DH Franmil Reyes struck out to end the inning, and that’s probably what La Russa will point to when he inevitably gets asked about it. But it doesn’t change the fact that the old-timey manager seems to be playing a game that is different from what baseball is today.

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