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Tony La Russa Responds to Criticism of White Sox's Hitting Coaches

Devon Platana
Tony La Russa has responded to concerns about the Chicago White Sox's hitting coaches.
Tony La Russa has responded to concerns about the Chicago White Sox's hitting coaches. / Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago White Sox were supposed to be World Series contenders this season. Instead, they're an underwhelming 18-19 to start the 2022 MLB season, trailing the Minnesota Twins by 3.5 games for the AL Central's top spot.

One of the big themes behind the White Sox's slow start has been hitting. Their hitting coaches have come under fire for the club's 3.46 runs (No. 26) and 7.54 hits (No. 21) per game this year. The situation has forced manager Tony La Russa to respond to the criticism that his staff has faced.

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La Russa told reporters on Thursday that he's been in the batting cages "a lot" and can confirm that the hitting coaches are giving the players "sound" advice. The main issue for the White Sox's bench boss is that the players are "just not executing."

It was only last season when the White Sox finished with 4.90 runs per game — sixth best in the majors. A good chunk of the 2021 roster did return this season, making the fact that Chicago has been struggling to hit even more bizarre.

Yasmani Grandal and Leury Garcia are both batting below .200 to begin the season. Meanwhile, the quartet of José Abreu, AJ Pollock, Adam Engel and Gavin Sheets are all batting .220 or worse. Truthfully, Tim Anderson (.338) and Luis Robert (.286) have been the only White Sox players worth watching in the batter's box more often than not.

The good news for the White Sox is that the 2022 season is relatively young, giving them several months to turn things around. They were one of the stronger clubs last year and it'll be up to La Russa to find the spark to ignite things again.

Even with the White Sox's struggles, oddsmakers still have faith in a potential championship run this year. FanDuel Sportsbook is currently giving Chicago +1700 odds (No. 8) to win the 2022 World Series.

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