Hahn on taking over as GM; Williams on becoming VP
Fri, 26 Oct 2012|
Rick Hahn is the new general manager and Kenny Williams is the new VP of the White Sox, they discuss the change and CTL reacts to the moves - 10/26
We start with one of the worst kept secret to Chicago baseball. Think the White Sox made an official Kenny Williams moving upstairs become the team's new executive VP Rick -- his insists that. There's been promoted to general manager wins -- twelve years as GM of the Sox winning the World Series and all five. -- has -- with the club for twelve years himself and although there's a new GM a charge he says the goals. Remain the same. I want to make sure that one. Message today gets clearly. Articulated. And that is the goals that Kenny Williams set for this organization twelve years ago. It will not change our intensity and our goal our aspiration is still to win multiple World Series championships. And our intent is for or that hopefully begin in 2013. So the ultimate goal the franchise. Of the baseball apartment of being creative and aggressive. Energetic and with a focus on bringing championships to this city. Is something that I am gonna do my best and strive to continue on after and column -- -- since Kenny. All right Rick times it was a got a Cubs actually interviewed a year ago. The Cardinals the Pirates are numbered them -- that Seattle Seattle and neither talked to him some have indeed been -- to talk to her son he has refused to talk to. Obviously a brilliant baseball mind with a great educational background. How big challenges he's facing with a team that was surprise this year but their older. Well it's a challenge. -- I think he's up to the task he he knows it from both sides he used to he started out working for more reds agency. So he knows both the inner workings of how it all works he's a good negotiator. And that he did say that he still -- and go do some negotiating contracts. Which was something that Bryan's serve let it is gonna let him do. I think it's a good move I think the Sox will contend again next year they do have some big questions obviously peavy. AJ. You call us at third. So there are some holes that they might have to fill but. I think he's the guy can they can do it. It's going to be interesting to see the difference is now in how they go about bringing a team together because -- Kenny was a former player. -- set at things from a player's perspective or former player for -- -- talon football mentality you know kind of like -- bung hole you know we're gonna you know do it now -- win tomorrow today kind of think. And Rick doesn't have that background -- is you know has a lot agree he's you know very -- comes from the opposite side which we are seeing more of -- baseball today. So it'll be interesting to see how they approach here how he approached it how it's gonna be different from the way Kenny approach it. But again Kenny still gonna be there so it it's going to be an interesting dynamic going -- I think. I think it was a I change it almost need to be made not in any -- -- -- -- -- not and Kenny. But to do get to a point where did you need to change things up a little bit and I think this was probably good opportunity to do that. It's going to be the one as the focus of ownership. What kind of money he gonna have. What are they don't look to do that they wanna win now or just something that they wanna grow -- -- -- -- Solid player mailbag the other day I think they do wanna win right now I think Terry Ryan sort of I think that's very important and so I think they are going to be kind of the rest of the thing you look at what we're kind. Obviously most of his background what baseball's business side that not personnel decisions so it's I'm curious to see yet but what what what he got a lot to do is personnel lot of. My -- -- and he actually went. Did you know Major League Baseball holds a gestalt school what are you going you actually learn how to dispel in and do things that scouts do -- he went through that whole process -- things so he. You're here it's not like he's just a complete you know either satire wanna. He knows you know personality he knows how to evaluate talent. It's just he's got to look at -- I think from a different perspective than a former player when a very different personality exactly yeah and he's so high strung and admittedly he's you know -- type a personality and use Thompson. Funny stories today about having to leave the park and drive down lake shore drive because he was so upset and Rick's a lot calmer more low key so it's gonna be interest in -- -- fans into a recruit Kenny was always consider more than gunslinger. My he's gonna take a chance I -- take a chance. And Kenny Williams doesn't like it. So how will that be handled Kenny was asked that question today. I have the power of persuasion. The power to try to articulate why in the what -- we've had. You know this -- over the years we've had. Disagreements. And he's having -- I've had a cut on on something and we respect each other's guts of this is not. You know the way to look at it is this Rick's decision. Until. You know it's not. And when it's not then we have to we have to get -- we've got hammered out just like any. Corporation any you know any of your jobs. And get you were there could you explain an answer places -- -- he has veto power he's the boss. You know he it if Rick has a decision that he absolutely positively. Cannot live work he's gonna -- and they probably won't do that then. And that's probably no different then. And Texas what Nolan Ryan and Jon Daniels and there -- different and I was Danielle Wendy no our you know if I mean. Kenny is gonna be Brooks supervisor -- felt OK so. Here's my question -- do dated a evaluations you know he'll do the trading and everything you just see Kenny has final say it. Correct but if you look at I don't know let's pick a team -- Phil Emery in Chicago Bears. If Phil -- wants to trade Jay Cutler no one's gonna stop him from doing it because the buck stops with him. -- McCaskey. I guess the owner and the owner would always but usually the GM hasn't Brian Cashman in New York has that if he doesn't want Girardi that his manager he's out is the manager here. What you're saying is and I love Brett -- If Rick Hahn wants Paul Solomon as the manager and Kenny Williams since that's not happening. Then are you giving the GM the ability to run his team to a five years ago you didn't do well I'm firing you. Well you -- let me Berrian who I want it's what don't you think it's when -- brought in Ozzie Guillen that there was more Jerry's call and then Kenny. No you don't think so that Selena I don't agree with I think once Kenny set down a topic and he was completely on board with -- yeah that was but it is Jerry's call the -- didn't want him he wouldn't take par every owner Jerry will sign off losing Jerry recommended him. I think Jerry Jerry take a look at -- jury jury suggested they talk. But I mean look at whenever you're. Basically what you're doing -- you're laying -- you're you're -- another layer of management and don't forget that Jerry allowed popped. So fired Tony La Russa we viewed Jerry says it's the stupidest decision they've ever made Ely did not want it but he's -- GM I have to let him go. But there wasn't an executive vice president in charge of baseball operations -- this this is similar to what the Hawks used to have. When Bob Hope for was a senior heard the executive vice president -- -- Mike Smith and a high level or GM talent or you -- Bob Murray what the general manager. And there was always a questionable as he made the general manager is about corporate it's going to be the same situation and it's a valid question then you are Mormon way contact -- -- you're. Then it's so it's going. -- way a lot more teams in baseball we have a lot of usually like a younger GM and -- older and get more closer. If I can Philly you have pat Gillick and -- Ruben Amaro gets her Jon Daniels Nolan Ryan women are a lot of businesses do this to one and sometimes it is better when somebody can step above. That had the responsibility. And I like Kenny said he's free to do all the things right at that had to do something about the attendance maybe Kenny -- work with some of that stuff.