White Sox manager Tony La Russa steps down due to health issue

Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa has stepped down from his post with the Chicago White Sox due to a health issue that “makes it impossible” for him to return to the role in 2023.

La Russa, who turns 78 on Tuesday, announced the decision in a statement on Monday. In the statement, he revealed that he had a pacemaker installed in February and that an issue with the pacemaker is what kept him away from the White Sox during the month of September. However, La Russa added that a second unrelated diagnosis is ultimately the reason he is stepping away.

“I informed the White Sox of this second issue while I was out of uniform dealing with the pacemaker. As I have stated previously, I continue to request privacy related to my health issues and appreciate those who have respected that request,” he said. “My overall prognosis is good, and I want to thank everyone who has reached out to me with well wishes related to my health.”

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