Tony La Russa wasn’t the only one to speak during the presser to announce his retirement on Monday afternoon. Chicago White Sox general manager Rick Hahn also took the podium to discuss the future of the organization.
This wasn’t necessarily the best showing for Rick Hahn as he had some things to say that made people wonder about him. He is clearly someone that should be on the hot seat for a variety of reasons but it sounds like it is obvious that he will be back.
One of the biggest takeaways from his time speaking has to be when he talked about the future of the managerial position in the Chicago White Sox organization. They clearly have some names in mind which means that the search is officially underway.
He started off by saying that they want someone that has experience with a contending organization. They want the new person to understand the way that the game has evolved over the last decade.
Rick Hahn had some things to say about the Chicago White Sox manager search.
He also made it clear that a connection to the White Sox is not in any way a job requirement and a characteristic that the team is not looking for. He also mentioned that interim manager Miguel Cairo is an exception to the rule and will absolutely get an interview.
It is a breath of fresh air to hear Hahn say that he will be leading the search. Not that he has been a great GM but we all know that Jerry Reinsdorf went above everyone to hire La Russa so it is about time that the person who rebuilt the roster gets to pick his guy.
It should be noted that he added the fact that it will be a decision made with everyone involved including Jerry Reinsdorf, Kenny Williams, and a few others. It is nice for them all to come together because that gives them a better chance to find the right person.
Once the new manager is hired, they will look into the rest of the coaching staff which was also another note from Rick Hahn during the presser. A lot of people have feelings about certain coaches but that is a problem for another day at this point.
Again, this was a tough day for those involved with the Chicago White Sox organization. Even the people that knew this was very much needed can say that it is sad that this has been what it came to be. A man is unhealthy and the team didn’t win. Hopefully from here, Tony finds his health, and the White Sox make a smart decision with their next hire.