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Tony La Russa on role with Red Sox: 'I'll just be a resource'

John Tomase
November 02, 2017 - 3:16 pm

Tony La Russa isn't joining the Red Sox to get in Alex Cora's way.

La Russa, who was named a special assistant to baseball boss Dave Dombrowski on Thursday, told reporters on a conference call that he just wants to be a resource for the first-year manager.

"In Alex's case I knew him as a player," La Russa said. "We interviewed him in Arizona. He's a very bright young man that's going to be an outstanding manager. I'm going to be very sensitive to his position is the best way to put it. Being down there ,he's the one who has to establish his leadership position with the major league team and his staff. I'll be available. When he asks I'll give him the best answer. But I'm not getting in his way or try to influence him because I know he knows the direction he wants to go. I'll just be a resource."

La Russa, 73, is in the Hall of Fame as a manager after winning over 2,700 games and three World Series titles with the White Sox, A's, and Cardinals. He has spent the last four years in executive roles with the Diamondbacks.

He worked with Dombrowski in the White Sox organization over 30 years ago, and the two have often spoke of joining forces.

"Dave and I go way back," LaRussa said. "We left the White Sox in '86 together and we always talked about getting back together on the same team. I understand what Dave has become as a front office executive. And Dave understands most of my career in uniform."

La Russa will be available not only to Cora, but to the player development staff, as well. He helped break in young managers in Arizona between Chip Hale and Torey Lovullo.

"Worked through the uncertainty of how to be a resource without getting in the way," La Russa said. "I thought, I did my best the first two years. I thought last year was very smart, Mike Hazen and the guys up there, the idea was to be sure, and I think it's the way to do it here, too, to be sure that Alex and his major league coaches are clearly in charge of the major league situation. They're the people who are going to be there every day creating relationships with their players, so any of us that are on the periphery, you're there to help without getting in the way."

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