Rick Hahn, widely regarded as one of baseball's top assistant general managers, will be much more than a No. 2 man as the White Sox new GM.
Hahn was officially promoted to White Sox general manager on Friday. The promotion of Hahn, which had been reported in September, bumps Ken Williams from senior vice president and general manager to executive vice president.
Hahn, 41, a Winnetka native, Michigan graduate and holder of degrees from Harvard Law School and Northwestern's Kellogg graduate school of management, has been groomed for the job for 12 years as the assistant and by most accounts has been ready for bigger and better and things for some time now.
Williams has held the GM job since 2000, the fourth-longest tenure of any GM in baseball. The Sox finished .500 or better nine times in his 12 seasons, including the team's 2005 World Series championship, but Williams fell short of his dream of bringing two titles to Chicago.
"Rick's promotion is very well deserved," Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said. "He is one of the most respected young executives in baseball today and that reputation is well earned given his relationships with other team executives, players, agents, manager Robin Ventura and our coaches, members of the media and White Sox fans. Kenny and Rick together have worked very successfully over the past 12 seasons, and I am excited to see this dynamic grow and expand as Rick assumes more day-to-day authority and responsibility while Kenny is allowed to focus even more on macro issues, talent evaluation and long-term planning for the organization."
Hahn's duties will be expanded to include all player personnel matters, coaching staff decisions and player development and scouting operations.
"As most people are aware, Rick has been indispensible to me as assistant general manager over the past 12 seasons," Williams, 48, said. "He already plays a prominent role representing the White Sox publicly and within baseball. I am very proud of Rick's growth since he joined our front office, and this promotion rewards his talents, hard work and commitment toward our organization's goal of bringing Chicago another World Series title."
Reinsdorf said Williams will have final approval on major baseball decisions.
"You cannot say enough about Ken Williams' value to the Chicago White Sox, his contributions to our success and the passion he brings to the ballpark each and every day," said Reinsdorf. "Kenny raised the idea of promoting Rick several years ago, and we all have agreed that this is the right time to increase the scope and range of Kenny's involvement while he continues to maintain oversight and final approval on major baseball decisions."
Reinsdorf says Hahn's promotion "well deserved"
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