Tony La Russa Statement On His Retirement: "Our Record Is Proof. I Did Not Do My Job"

We broke the news yesterday that Tony La Russa has been forced to retire from managing (for good), and today has officially made the announcement. But while stating that doctors wouldn't allow him to manage anymore, he actually admitted his performance in the dugout was lacking (understatement of the year?):

Our team's record this season is the final reality. It is an unacceptable disappointment. There were some pluses, but too many minuses. In the Major Leagues, you either do or you don't. Explanations come across as excuses. Respect and trust demand accountability, and during my managerial career, I understood that the ultimate responsibility for each minus belongs to the manager. I was hired to provide positive, difference-making leadership and support. Our record is proof. I did not do my job. 

The 78-year-old said his medical issues this season had no impact on his responsibilities as manager.  

La Russa's sometimes bizarre decisions and actions have led to ridicule by both fans and media alike, and that reached a zenith this season. But he said in the statement that he heard the criticism, and is OK with it—from fans at least. 

"At no time have I been disappointed with White Sox fans, including those who at times chanted 'Fire Tony'. They come to games with passion for our team and a strong desire to win."

The White Sox were runaway favorites to win the AL Central Division this season, but instead find themselves a game under .500, and  11 games back of Cleveland as the season wraps up this week.  

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