The Chicago White Sox has had a lot of different architects throughout its long history. One of them, Roland Hemond, passed away on Monday at the age of 92 years old. He was a big part of the White Sox organization for a long time.
Hemond joined the White Sox in 1970 as a director of player personnel. From there, he worked his way through the organization. By 1983, he was the General Manager of a White Sox team that won the American League West Division.
He was also the GM of the Baltimore Orioles during his time. He also helped build two expansion teams, the California Angels and Arizona Diamondbacks, from scratch. There is no doubt that this man was a friend and mentor to a lot of different people across the sport.
There were plenty of notable people, especially in the White Sox community, that expressed their sadness caused by his passing. Tony La Russa and Frank Thomas are each a big part of the White Sox organization in the present day and each of them had some nice words to say about Hemond.
Roland Hemond was clearly a very impactful person on the Chicago White Sox.
It is particularly interesting from Tony La Russa’s point of view. We all know about how he is the manager of the present-day team after a long hiatus from baseball. He was, as many people also know, the manager of the White Sox before his current stint.
La Russa acknowledged that Roland was a very important person in his career as he was his first GM in the game. From there, he went on to be one of the greatest and winningest coaches that the sport has ever seen. La Russa also touched on the aforementioned fact that Roland was very impactful on all the people that he helped through his life.
Hopefully, his family and friends are able to find peace in his passing as he lived a very full and impactful life. As White Sox fans, we are lucky to have him as a part of this team’s rich history. We are thinking of everyone he helped and loved in his life.