The Chicago White Sox are not waiting until the end of the season to make major changes to their front office structure.
On Sunday, we heard that the White Sox were conducting internal meetings to determine how to fix the failure that was their rebuild and the team provided those answers on Tuesday.
Prior to their game against the Seattle Mariners, the White Sox announced that they have fired executive vice president Ken Williams and general manager Rick Hahn.
The Chicago White Sox have made a massive change to their front office structure.
The in-season firings of both Williams and Hahn signal a dramatic shift in philosophy for White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf.
Reinsdorf has been loyal to a fault in his business dealings and that certainly has been the case with the White Sox. Rather than completely reset the White Sox’s front office, Reinsdorf often would only opt for a re-alignment as a way to ensure that he remains loyal to his people.
Tuesday was a step in the right direction for Reinsdorf and the White Sox.
Had the White Sox reached the end of the season and the only move that was made was the firing of Hahn and, in turn, the firing of first-year manager Pedro Grifol, nothing would have changed. Reinsdorf is not going anywhere as the team’s owner and if Williams were to remain as the top baseball voice in the organization, the question of “who is running the White Sox” would always remain.
It would seem that the White Sox want their next top baseball executive to be in place by the end of the season. The first requirement of any candidate for the position should be that they are not currently in the organization.
The stench of failure would be on any internal hire that the White Sox were to make. There are plenty of external candidates that the White Sox should target that would be better suited for getting the team back on track after their failed rebuild.