If there was any concern as to how dynamic shortstop Tim Anderson and old-school manager Tony La Russa would get alongside, Chicago White Sox followers can breathe a sigh of reduction initially of spring coaching.
Anderson, who laughingly stated that he would not “change my model, the best way I play” after the White Sox employed the 76-year-old La Russa in October, stated he arrived at camp early simply to sit down down and speak together with his new manager.
The 27-year-old Anderson, who hit .322 in 2020 after successful the American League batting title in 2019, stated he has gotten the possibility to get to know La Russa, and he likes what he sees.
“Simply to see what web page he is on is unquestionably superior,” Anderson instructed reporters on Monday in Glendale, Arizona. “Simply have conversations with him, very motivating.
“The drive to wish to win, he has that. I am behind him 110 %. That is the last word purpose, is to win and to win a World Sequence right here. I am behind him.”
La Russa, in his second stint with the White Sox 34 years after they fired him, is 2,728-2,365 with six pennants over 33 seasons with Chicago, Oakland and St. Louis. Solely Corridor of Famers Connie Mack (3,731) and John McGray (2,762) have extra victories.
However he hasn’t crammed out a lineup card for the reason that Cardinals beat Texas in Sport 7 of the 2011 World Sequence, and he is very conscious of that.
“One of many gamers requested me, ‘Hey, you had been nervous [after addressing the team Monday]?'” La Russa stated. “I stated, ‘Yeah.’ … It implies that you care and also you perceive that the unknown is on the market. The problem of the competitors.”
Mentioned Anderson: “I feel he is fairly stable. Up to now, all the things has been nice. The issues he has been preaching have been good. I feel we acquired the precise man. I hope so.”
La Russa is not any stranger to managing massive personalities. He had Rickey Henderson and Jose Canseco in Oakland. And his nearer there, Dennis Eckersley, was recognized to pump his fist, level at opponents and hearth imaginary weapons at them after strikeouts.
Anderson stated he is at some extent the place he “can inform him something I wish to” after their one-on-one meeting.
“I ain’t afraid of him,” Anderson joked. “Inform him that.”
The Related Press contributed to this report.