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Rick Hahn 2021 End of Season Press Conference

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20 minutes ago, caulfield12 said:

https://www.mlb.com/news/carter-hawkins-cubs-gm

Guess nobody stuck out across the city, like Haber...that said, no Brewers' front office guys, either, or Cardinals, Giants, Dodgers, etc.

"According to The Athletic, the Cubs narrowed their GM search to four candidates, including Hawkins, James Harris (Cleveland's VP of player development), Carlos Rodriguez (Rays VP of player development and international scouting) and Jeremy Zoll (Twins assistant GM)."

I think you quoted the wrong part, or the article was updated.

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That process is nearing a close, with Chicago working to finalize a deal that will name Carter Hawkins, a long-time part of Cleveland's front office, as the Cubs' new GM, a source told MLB.com on Wednesday.

Losing Hawkins will help the Cubs, and hurt the Guardians. Some here may be more concerned with the former, but it works for me.

Detroit and Cleveland will begin narrowing the gap with the Sox next season, unless the Owner and FO steps up and makes significant improvements. Both already enjoy a schematic advantage in the dugout.

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2 hours ago, South Side Hit Men said:

I think you quoted the wrong part, or the article was updated.

Losing Hawkins will help the Cubs, and hurt the Guardians. Some here may be more concerned with the former, but it works for me.

Detroit and Cleveland will begin narrowing the gap with the Sox next season, unless the Owner and FO steps up and makes significant improvements. Both already enjoy a schematic advantage in the dugout.

Unless they decide to trade Jose Ramirez.  Detroit is probably one more year away.

The Guardians are still a team with Franmil Reyes as their second best hitter.   Wouldn’t be a shocker at all to see his number flip flop with Eloy’s.  How likely is Quantrill to repeat his rookie season success his second full season?  They might close the gap with a healthy rotation, but the White Sox still have a massive advantage offensively. 

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19 hours ago, wegner said:

If Rick Hahn was to move on, what is the most likely scenario:

A)  Kenny moves back in to the job

B)  LaRussa moves up to the job

C)  Next Man up in the organization...Getz?

D)  Bring in Someone from outside the organization.

A and B would be terrible. C .... Getz is probably a Reinsdorf yes man and D ain't gonna happen with Reinsdorf here

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2 minutes ago, Dick Allen said:

Why would Rick Hahn move on now? 

Just as the team us getting good and consecutive playoff off appearances in team history? I don't see why he would either. 

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5 minutes ago, ptatc said:

Just as the team us getting good and consecutive playoff off appearances in team history? I don't see why he would either. 

Exactly. And why would they fire him? They didn't fire him from 2013 until the rebuild.  

Now, KW is a guy I can see moving on, whether it be in baseball or just kicking back and living life. His wife quit as an anchor on the NBC local morning news.

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11 minutes ago, Dick Allen said:

Exactly. And why would they fire him? They didn't fire him from 2013 until the rebuild.  

Now, KW is a guy I can see moving on, whether it be in baseball or just kicking back and living life. His wife quit as an anchor on the NBC local morning news.

I agree. Williams has always been a minor league, scouting, developing type of guy. With this team so young and locked up with longer term deals, he may decide its time.

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49 minutes ago, Dick Allen said:

Why would Rick Hahn move on now? 

He probably won't, and JR isn't going to fire him because he probably doesn't see a reason to. Reinsdorf doesn't like to fire people even when there is a good reason.

One reason Hahn could leave if he fears he won't have the freedom to complete the rebuild. Or perhaps he sees an opportunity to he can't pass up. Or perhaps the combination of the two. But most likely he'll stay. He has worked for Reinsdorf for a time, and he knows what is in store for him. And most likely, he likes being in the White Sox organization. Seems to me that the biggest speculation about Hahn comes from fans, and they have no say-so in this situation.

I  am skeptical at this point. I am not impressed with consecutive playoff appearances when one comes in a 60-game season. The job of building this team is far from over. We will see what happens in the off-season. And hopefully, there will be baseball this next season.

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1 hour ago, Dick Allen said:

Why would Rick Hahn move on now? 

I don’t think we are this lucky but here could be some portion of the reasoning.

1. He can. He would have demand right now for his services because of the recent success of the team, including his executive of the year praise. This may not be the case in a few years.

2. The demand for his services could easily translate into more money for him.

3. His position with the White Sox has certainly changed in the last 12 months after he was not allowed to hire his own coach. What that means for how the front office is functioning or for his career I will not guess here, but it could certainly be a factor in a decision like that. There could be actual personal conflicts here affecting his daily existence for the first time in his tenure.

4. He has had permanent protection in his position because of Jerry Reinsdorf regardless of performance. However, as seen with the other Reinsdorf owned team, that protection cannot be expected to last into the next ownership group, and the expectations of success might suddenly and dramatically increase. He might have 15 more years, or he might have far less. Again, no idea how he might actually weigh this, but it is another reason why a White Sox GM might hear a ticking clock right now.

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21 hours ago, southsider2k5 said:

They feel it is more toxic here with a 77 year manager making the decisions for the organization and not the EVP or GM, in theory.

I bet potential free agents think about this too. Why would you want to come play here if there’s no cohesion between the front office, owner and manager? It’s like who’s running the show here? It seems unprofessional. 

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52 minutes ago, Balta1701 said:

I don’t think we are this lucky but here could be some portion of the reasoning.

1. He can. He would have demand right now for his services because of the recent success of the team, including his executive of the year praise. This may not be the case in a few years.

2. The demand for his services could easily translate into more money for him.

3. His position with the White Sox has certainly changed in the last 12 months after he was not allowed to hire his own coach. What that means for how the front office is functioning or for his career I will not guess here, but it could certainly be a factor in a decision like that. There could be actual personal conflicts here affecting his daily existence for the first time in his tenure.

4. He has had permanent protection in his position because of Jerry Reinsdorf regardless of performance. However, as seen with the other Reinsdorf owned team, that protection cannot be expected to last into the next ownership group, and the expectations of success might suddenly and dramatically increase. He might have 15 more years, or he might have far less. Again, no idea how he might actually weigh this, but it is another reason why a White Sox GM might hear a ticking clock right now.

2 and 3 are good reasons.

After Hahn was allowed to do the rebuild they have made the playoffs in consecutive years. Unless the team takes a nosedive, I would find it hard to believe that a new ownership would have a problem with it.

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On 10/13/2021 at 12:56 PM, South Side Hit Men said:

Hopefully Jerry does the right thing

LOL. When in the history of this organization has that ever happened?!

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7 hours ago, Dick Allen said:

Why would Rick Hahn move on now? 

Because he's offered a much better job, like any executive would

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56 minutes ago, shago said:

Because he's offered a much better job, like any executive would

Where? The Mets? The Mets are New York’s White Sox, except they have a shitload of bad contracts. 

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1 hour ago, shago said:

Because he's offered a much better job, like any executive would

It would be interesting to see how JR would handle RH interviewing for another position!  If RH were to entertain someone reaching out...he best make sure he gets the gig!  If RH would get the gig and have the ability to hire on-field staff immediately...would have take anyone from the White Sox?  If so...who?

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On 10/13/2021 at 12:26 PM, tray said:

I think LaRussa will be offered the GM job. I doubt he wants that and I doubt he wants to Manage next year.

Assuming that is the case, will Hahn be brought back as GM? I sincerely hope not. I have grown tired of Hahn promising "multiple champioships.

Talent evaluation prior to Drafts has been horrible. The Sox could have had Trea Turner and players other than Madrigal and Vaughn, who may not end up being all he was cracked up to be.  I know that is heresy among Vaughn  fans  but time will tell.

I think the Madrigal and Heuer to the Cubs  for Kimbrel debacle probably sealed Hahn's fate.

Not sure about potential GM candidates but there are several , maybe even including Theo.

So no LaRussa and no Hahn. Make them scapegoats (deservedly or not) and  move forward.

 

 

Reinsdorf's pockets aren't deep enough for St. Theo.

CWS will be under new, far more affluent ownership before they are able to attract those kinds of executives.

I see the Cubs made a play for Tampa Bay"s player personnel VP and came up short. 

But who wants that reclamation project? The Cubs biggest problem is ironically their cash cow - Wrigley Field.

CWS can set the world on fire with the right ownership. There would be some deep pocket suitors. But Reinsdorf's inflated ego would never give his legion of detractors the satisfaction of watching him turn over the keys to the kingdom.

Oh the editorials and post-mortems..  

The chants of "Bye Felicia" and "Good Riddance" would be heard globally.

His ego destroyed the Bulls.  And it clearly got in the way this year as it has over the past 40 years.

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