Hall of Fame Manager, Tony La Russa, recently announced that he would not be returning to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
LaRussa came to the Diamondbacks three seasons ago and quickly put his stamp on the team by firing the incumbent manager and general manager and bringing in his own staff. However, the Diamondbacks never took to the new management and it showed on the field.
Former Red Sox personnel, Mike Hazen was hired along with acting manager, Torey Lovullo. With the arrival of these two, it ultimately led to La Russa’s resignation.
Now here is where the Dombrowski / La Russa connection could lead to his arrival in Boston. LaRussa and Dombrowski were both members of the Chicago White Sox in the late 1970’s. Dombrowski was the team’s Farm Director and La Russa the team’s manager. This partnership lasted until 1986 when both were fired by White Sox management.
However as the years have passed, both have maintained a long-lasting friendship and have respected and appreciated each other from afar.
When Dombrowski joined the Red Sox front office in 2015, LaRussa was quoted in the BostonGlobe saying, “This is why you hire Dave Dombrowski,” La Russa said. “He’ll turn it around.”
Now could the two executives who were both young and inexperienced with the White Sox, reunite and with new manager Alex Cora?
It is a possibility and could provide some veteran leadership in the Red Sox clubhouse.