The White Sox came out of the gate early this season when Tony La Russa returned to the dugout, and the veteran skipper placed the team’s latest loss on himself.

Chicago abandoned its series final Wednesday against the Seattle Mariners, losing 8-4. He left the ChiSox to a disappointing 3-4 following the team’s season opener road trip. For a team that is supposed to be among the best teams in AL Central, and perhaps the American League, the start to the season has been disappointing.

Following Wednesday’s loss, La Russa bemoaned what he believed were poor management decisions in the sixth inning in which the M’s opened the game with seven points.

“We were in a great position heading into the sixth round, and the best way to explain it is that I did a really bad job managing this round,” said La Russa. via the Chicago Sun-Times. “It really hurt our chances of winning.”

Leading 4-1, La Russa let reliever Matt Foster take on eight batters after putting out starter Dallas Keuchel after 93 pitches with two runners and no outs. La Russa failed to get the bullpen to work fast enough as Foster struggled. Finally, Jose Ruiz warmed up enough and only needed two shots to close the round.

“This is the clearest example of why I am angry with myself. He’s faced too many hitters, ”La Russa said of Foster. “It’s bad management. I pushed it too far. Stupid, ugly, without excuse.

Skepticism was not lacking in MLB circles – not to mention in the team’s own clubhouse also – on the White Sox’s decision to bring in La Russa. After all, La Russa, 76, represents a more traditional, low-key, old-school take on the game, a style that opponents say would not fit well with a fiery and emotional White Sox club.

In addition, it had been a long, long time since La Russa had lived in a canoe, having succeeded in 2011 with the Saint-Louis Cardinals. Even La Russa himself admitted to understand skepticism surrounding his hiring before the season.

That said, La Russa has made substantial inroads in win the clubhouse during spring training. Plus, seven games, let alone one, doesn’t make a season at all. La Russa obviously deserves a lot more time than a week to prove he still has what it takes to run an MLB ball club, and taking the fall for Wednesday’s loss will likely only make himself more happy. of its players.