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White Sox Fire LaRussa and Pitching Coach

The Chicago White Sox fired Manager Tony LaRussa Friday, six weeks after management grudgingly gave him a vote of confidence.

Doug Rader, the team’s third-base coach, was named interim manager, White Sox Vice President Ken Harrelson said.

There was no word on a permanent replacement, although speculation has centered on Jim Fregosi, the former manager of the Angels now managing Louisville at the Triple-A level. Fregosi, however, said he had not been contacted by White Sox officials.

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Harrelson also fired pitching coach Dave Duncan and will replace him with Dick Bosman, who holds that job with the White Sox’s Triple-A club at Buffalo.

LaRussa was notified Thursday night by Harrelson, ending the eight-year tenure of the American League’s second-longest surviving manager behind Detroit’s Sparky Anderson.

At the time of the firing, the White Sox were 26-38, in sixth place and 8 1/2 games off the American League West lead.

LaRussa posted a 523-510 record in his managerial career with the White Sox. His 1983 club won the AL West in a runaway, the club’s first first-place finish since 1959.


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