October 26th 2012 marked a new day for the Chicago White Sox. After 12 years as general manager, Kenny Williams was promoted to Senior Vice President and Executive of Baseball Operations. The new General Manager of the White Sox is now Rick Hahn.
Over 12 years, Williams left his mark in Chicago and for the White Sox as general manager. Williams put together the team that won the World Series in 2005; their first since 1917. The White Sox have only been to the playoffs once since then and that was in 2008. Yet, that doesn’t make Williams a failure.
Williams was always aggressive. He wasn’t afraid to pull the trigger and trade anyone if he thought it would help the team. Some examples of this were in 2005 when he traded Carlos Lee for Scott Podsednik and in 2006 when Williams traded clubhouse and fan favorite Aaron Rowand for Jim Thome.
Williams did have his faults. When he got his eyes locked on a player, he would sign and trade for them no matter what. Examples of this would be Ken Griffey Jr and Manny Ramirez. Both players didn’t do anything to help the White Sox.
He also would raid his prospects to get players that never really did anything. The White Sox are still hurting from not keeping Gio Gonzalez. He would also not keep young pitchers and talent, such as Clayton Richard and Daniel Hudson.
Hahn now comes into a role where he is expected to succeed. In the press conference that was held to announce the promotions, Hahn said that he was ready to step up to the plate.
“I intend to continue to carry over some of Kenny’s aggressiveness and creativity.” Hahn said.
Hahn has always been named by experts as one of the young executives who can succeed as a general manager. He will also bring more sabermetrics to scouting and signing players.
Hahn seems poised and ready to move into this position. He has been groomed for the position. Hahn knows the organization and this will be a good move for the White Sox.
White Sox fans will always compare Hahn to Williams especially since Williams won the World Series in 2005. But, White Sox fans should let Hahn stand on his own and to try not to compare him.
It was a fun ride for 12 years with Williams at the helm. Let’s just hope that Hahn is even more successful than Williams was for another 12 years.
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