La Russa joins Red Sox as special assistant to Dombrowski

Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa didn’t wait very long for his next gig.

La Russa announced he was leaving the Arizona Diamondbacks in mid-October after spending four years in their front office. Now he’s returning to the American League as a member of the Boston Red Sox executive team as vice president and special assistant to team president Dave Dombrowski.

The move was announced Thursday morning. The 73-year-old La Russa will work in all aspects of baseball operations within the organization from player development to working with coaching staffs at all levels.

Both La Russa and Dombrowski worked for the Chicago White Sox in the late 1970s and early 1980s. La Russa didn’t make his true managerial mark until his tenures with the Oakland Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals. He won three World Series championships between the two franchises and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014.

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