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South Side Sox Reacts: Thumbs-down on the La Russa hire

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We don’t like it — and don’t think it’s going to work

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Oakland Athletics v Chicago White Sox
Former White Sox manager Tony La Russa is introduced during a ceremony honoring Harold Baines prior to the start of the game between Chicago and the Oakland Athletics at Guaranteed Rate Field on Aug. 11, 2019.
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In fitting fashion for 2020, just because the World Series ended doesn’t mean the season’s drama is done.

Immediately after the Dodgers won the title, the focus turned to the three open managerial positions. Two of those have since been filled — and both new hires are already being questioned.

Of the three jobs that were open, the Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox, the White Sox was voted as the most desirable position. However, fewer than 50% of fans across baseball think the team will find success with new manager Tony La Russa.

Not even White Sox fans are excited about the hire. Despite continued levels of high confidence in the team, barely more than one-third of fans approve of bringing in La Russa.

La Russa and the White Sox aren’t the only ones catching attention. The Tigers hired former Astros manager AJ Hinch, only a season removed from the Houston cheating scandal. Nearly 50% of fans don’t believe Hinch should have been given another MLB opportunity.

Even the new World Series champions have found themselves in the middle of controversy. At some point in the seventh inning of Game 6, the Dodgers learned third baseman Justin Turner had tested positive for COVID-19. However, after they won, Turner was on the field celebrating in close contact with teammates, at times without a mask.

Nearly three-fourths of fans believe Turner should face a penalty for the celebration.

(And it turns out, he won’t be.)

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