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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