Timeline of Kenny Williams' career

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Timeline of Kenny Williams' career

The White Sox officially announced today that Kenny Williams, who spent the last 12 seasons as general manager, will now serve as the organization's executive vice president. It's been a long journey for Williams, who made plenty of stops around the country before landing in Chicago. Here's a timeline of Williams' career in the sports world.

-- June 7, 1982 - Selected by White Sox in 3rd round of 1982 June Amateur Draft out of Fort Pleasant HS in San Jose, CA. He did attend Stanford, but played only football there, where he was a teammate of John Elway.

-- September 2, 1986 - Williams makes Major League debut, going 1-4, singling off the Royals' Danny Jackson. Ozzie Guillen, a man he'd later hire as White Sox manager hit ahead of him in the order that day.

-- March 23, 1989 - Williams traded to the Tigers for pitcher Eric King

-- November 18, 1991 - Williams released by the Montreal Expos. His final ML game was October 4, 1991. He played with both Canadian franchises; the Blue Jays and the Expos in his final big league season.

-- 1992-93 - Williams started his post-playing career as a scout with the White Sox

-- 1994 - Williams served the White Sox as a special assistant to Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf

-- 1995-96 - Williams earned a promotion to Club Director of Minor League Operations

-- 1997-2000 - Williams took the next step forward as White Sox Vice President of Player Development

-- October 24, 2000 - Kenny Williams named White Sox General Manager, replacing Ron Schueler

-- October 26, 2005 - Under GM Williams, White Sox win first World Series since 1917

-- October 26, 2012 - Kenny Williams promoted to White Sox President of Baseball Operations

Notable signings & trades

-- November 30, 2000 - Jose Valentin signs as Free Agent (spent 2000 with Brewers)

-- January 14, 2001 - David Wells acquired with Matt DeWitt from Blue Jays for Mike Sirotka, Brian Simmons, Mike Williams, and Kevin Beirne

-- June 21, 2001 - Jose Canseco purchased from Newark of the Atlantic League

-- January 15, 2003 - Bartolo Colon acquired with Jorge Nunez from Expos for Rocky Biddle, Orlando Hernandez, Jeff Liefer, and cash

-- July 1, 2003 - Roberto Alomar acquired from Mets with Cash for Andrew Salvo, Edwin Almonte, and Royce Ring

-- November 4 2003 - Ozzie Guillen named White Sox manager

-- December 2, 2003 - Juan Uribe acquired from the Rockies for Aaron Miles

-- January 22, 2004 - Shingo Takatsu signs as Free Agent (spent 2003 with Yakult Swallows in Japan)

-- June 27, 2004 - Freddy Garcia acquired from Mariners with Ben Davis for Mike Morse, Miguel Olivo & Jeremy Reed

-- July 18, 2004 - Carl Everett acquired from Expos for Gary Majewski and Jon Rauch

-- July 31, 2004 - Jose Contreras acquired from Yankees for Esteban Loaiza

-- December 9, 2004 - Jermaine Dye signs as Free Agent (spent 2004 with Athletics)

-- December 13, 2004 - Scott Podsednik, Luis Vizcaino, and player to be named later (Travis Hinton) acquired from Brewers for Carlos Lee

-- December 17, 2004 - Bobby Jenks selected off waivers from Angels

-- January 3, 2005 - Orlando Hernandez signs as Free Agent (spent 2004 with Yankees)

-- January 6, 2005 - A.J. Pierzynski signs as Free Agent (spent 2004 with Giants)

-- January 27, 2005 - Tadahito Iguchi signs as Free Agent (spent 2004 with Fukuoka Daiei Hawks in Japan)

-- July 31, 2005 - Geoff Blum acquired from Padres for Ryan Meaux

-- November 25, 2005 - Jim Thome acquired from Phillies with cash for Aaron Rowand, Daniel Haigwood, and player to be named later (Gio Gonzalez)

-- December 20, 2005 - Javier Vazquez acquired from Diamondbacks for Orlando Hernandez, Luis Vizcaino, and Chris Young

-- March 20, 2006 - Matt Thornton acquired from Mariners for Joe Borchard

-- December 6, 2006 - Gavin Floyd & Gio Gonzalez acquired from Phillies for Freddy Garcia

-- December 23, 2006 - White Sox acquire John Danks, Nick Masset, and Jacob Rasner for Brandon McCarthy and David Paisano

-- November 19, 2007 - Orlando Cabrera acquired from Angels for Jon Garland

-- December 3, 2007 - Carlos Quentin acquired from Diamondbacks for Chris Carter

-- January 3, 2008 - Nick Swisher acquired from Athletics for Gio Gonzalez, Ryan Sweeney, and Fautino De Los Santos

-- January 18, 2008 - Alexei Ramirez signed as an amateur Free Agent

-- June 5, 2008 - Gordon Beckham drafted 8th overall out of the University of Georgia in the 2008 June Amateur Draft

-- July 31, 2008 - Acquired Ken Griffey Jr. from Reds in exchange for Danny Richar & Nick Masset

-- December 12, 2008 - Dayan Viciedo signed as an amateur Free Agent

-- July 31, 2009 - Acquired Jake Peavy from Padres in exchange for Clayton Richards, Adam Russell, Aaron Poreda, and Dexter Carter

-- August 10, 2009 - Selected Alex Rios off waivers from the Blue Jays

-- October 21, 2009 - Alejandro De Aza selected off waivers from the Marlins

-- June 7, 2010 - Chris Sale drafted 13th overall out of Florida Gulf Coast University in the 2010 June Amateur Draft

-- July 30, 2010 - Edwin Jackson acquired from Diamondbacks for Daniel Hudson and David Holmberg

-- December 3, 2010 - Adam Dunn signs as Free Agent (spent 2010 with Nationals)

-- October 6, 2011 - Robin Ventura named White Sox manager

-- June 24, 2012 - Kevin Youkilis acquired from Red Sox for Brent Lillibridge and Zach Stewart

-- July 28, 2012 - Francisco Liriano acquired from Twins for Eduardo Escobar and Pedro Hernandez

Bears Chairman George McCaskey sets 2017 demands for Ryan Pace, John Fox

Bears Chairman George McCaskey sets 2017 demands for Ryan Pace, John Fox

PHOENIX — When the 2014 season concluded, with all its drama, poor play and internal dysfunction, Bears Chairman George McCaskey passed along the unvarnished mood of Bears matriarch and owner Virginia McCaskey:
 
"She's pissed off," George McCaskey declared.
 
The 2016 season ended worse record-wise (3-13) than 2014 (5-11) but Bears ownership sees arrows pointing up, not down as they appeared after 2014, occasioning the jettisoning of the general manager and coaching staff.
 
"[Virginia] sees the progress, but like any Bears fan, she wants results," George McCaskey said, chuckling at the recollection of relaying his mother's mood. "That's the quote that won't go away."
 
"Progress" and "results" are vague terms, and sometimes relative. But Bears ownership is not setting a public fail-safe point for either general manager Ryan Pace or head coach John Fox to remain in place, although no scenario could presumably consider four wins actual "progress" from three.
 
"We want to continue to see progress, see the building blocks but there isn't any sort of particular threshold," McCaskey confirmed. "We're not on any particular timetable that somebody else is wanting to set for us. We're wanting to see continued progress toward our goal of sustained success."
 
"Sustained success" is not beyond the scope of possibility, assuming that a talent core can be established and includes a quarterback, which the personnel department under Pace believe it is on the brink of putting in place, whether around Mike Glennon, Mark Sanchez or a player to be drafted or traded for later.

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GM Phil Emery adopted the buzz phrase of "multiple championships," but current leadership does sound less grandiose and more grounded. And where Emery drafts proved disastrous, the Pace administration has had clear hits, injuries notwithstanding, as recently as the 2016 class, which McCaskey mentioned in the context of Pace building the roster exactly the way ownership prefers.
 
"We have confidence in Ryan and John," McCaskey said. "We want to build through the draft. Ryan said that in his interview when he said he was interested in coming to the Bears and we like how he's stuck to that plan. We saw it last year when we had three rookies on the Pro Football Writers of America all-rookie team; Cody Whitehair, Leonard Floyd and Jordan Howard.
 
"And that's what we need to keep doing; keep building through the draft. I told Ryan he should get ripped this time of year every year for not being more active in free agency and that's because we're developing our own guys and rewarding our own guys."
 
McCaskey supported the actions, or lack of same, by Pace in the pursuit of max-dollar free agents this offseason. The Bears dropped out of sweepstakes for cornerback Stephon Gilmore and safety Tony Jefferson, among others, when prices spiked far beyond the parameters set by the Pace staff.
 
"I've been very impressed with [Pace] as a leader, as an evaluator of talent," McCaskey said. "And one of the things I've been most impressed by with him is the discipline he's shown just as recently as this free agency period. He didn't want to overpay guys. Too often, I think, you overpay guys who don't come through for you and then you have a big hole in your salary cap and you're behind the 8-ball. So I like the discipline he has shown, the restraint he has shown in free agency."

Chicago native Brandon McCoy returns home for McDonald's All-American Game

Chicago native Brandon McCoy returns home for McDonald's All-American Game

The 2017 McDonald's All-American Game will be without an Illinois high school basketball player for the second consecutive year.

While the local drought for elite IHSA talent continues, this year's McDonald's game at least has a Chicago native in the mix as 7-foot big man Brandon McCoy is returning home to participate in the game. McCoy is considered the No. 15 prospect in the country according to Rivals.com.

A native of the West Side of the city, McCoy moved to San Diego during his middle school years, but he still has a lot of family and friends in Chicago supporting him.

A five-star prospect who is deciding between Arizona, Michigan State, Oregon and UNLV, McCoy has already been back to Chicago once during his high school career to compete at the Proviso West Holiday Tournament as a junior.

McCoy will take the floor with the West Team at the United Center tonight as he's one of six uncommitted prospects in the game.