Jose Abreu, Adam Eaton say they have White Sox manager’s back

Adam Eaton gets a high five from manager Tony La Russa after hitting a home run against the Cleveland Indians Monday, April 12, 2021, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty). | AP Photos

While Tony La Russa has admitted to a few stumbles during his return to the dugout

CINCINNATI – Tony La Russa has learned to expect having in-game and lineup construction decisions debated and second guessed, and he brought it on himself on more than once a month into this season.

He has admitted to mistakes.

To say La Russa, the 76-year-old Hall of Fame manager in his second tour with the White Sox, is losing his clubhouse — as was suggested in a notes column by ESPN’s Jeff Passan — might be a stretch, however.

Uncovering player sentiment is a trickier task in these COVID days of clubhouses closed to media, and while it’s quite possible players have haven’t agree with some of La Russa’s decisions it’s worth noting that two Sox veterans threw their support behind himbefore the Sox opened a two-game interleague set with the Reds Tuesday, including reigning MVP Jose Abreu.

“Sometimes people are unfair with him, people like to criticize,” Abreu said through translator Billy Russo. “It’s not an easy job and he deserves a little more faith and respect. He has gained that in his career. For us, we support him.”

This is not to say players don’t play manager as games go along and discuss strategies and moves when it’s over. They don’t always agree with the field boss.

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But with the Sox embarking on the first day of maybe the rest of their season with Luis Robert and Eloy Jimenez, it seemed a good time to regroup to ensure an all-for-one mindset stayed in place.

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Source:: Chicago Sun Times

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