On the verge of another losing season, it’s time for White Sox owner to make changes starting with Ken Williams and Rick Hahn
Owner Jerry Reinsdorf promoted Ken Williams to executive vice president and long-time assistant Rick Hahn to GM after the 2012 season. Hahn was a bright mind and Williams was looking to get out of the grind of running the day-to-day operations so the move probably made sense after an 85-win season, but missed the playoffs. Four years later the White Sox are in disarray so it’s time for another change. A change that doesn’t involve Ken Williams or Rick Hahn.
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2012 was their last winning season and this year has been an utter disappointment. Chris Sale was suspended five days for cutting up jerseys and also got into with Williams over Drake LaRoche. With a 56-61 record and players losing trust in the front office, change is a necessity. Jerry needs to pick up the phone and call Alex Anthopoulos and see what it will take for him to come to Chicago.
Can Alex Anthopoulos turn the White Sox Around?
Anthopoulos built the Blue Jays into a contender in the AL East, also helping them reach the playoffs for the first time in two decades. Last season they won 93 games and lost to the Royals in the ALCS. For this, he was named executive of the year and offered contract extension by new president Mark Shapiro. Rather than take an extension, Anthopoulos resigned, probably because he felt his authority would be trumped, and is now with the Dodgers.
If this is true, he would probably jump at the opportunity to run his own team. The Dodgers have several former GMs in their front office and his role within the organization largely remains a mystery. Seems like after a year in more of an assistant GM role, he may be willing to come back into the spotlight and run his own team, especially if there was no threat of interference from someone above him, which seemed like the problem in Toronto.
There may not be room for Williams and Hahn but the White Sox need to get serious about winning. Most of all, they need direction and someone from outside the organization. Anthopoulos reshaped Toronto and there’s no reason why he can’t do the same in Chicago, given the proper resources. We only hope Jerry does the right thing so White Sox baseball can be great again.