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White Sox GM Ken Williams says he offered to step down

Sep 27, 2011, 7:26 PM EDT

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White Sox GM Ken Williams told owner Jerry Reinsdorf he was willing to step down and become a scout for the team, but hat Reinsdorf turned him down on the offer.

It’s part of CSNChicago’s David Kaplan’s exclusive interview with Williams. Asked if he’d be OK with the White Sox promoting Rick Hahn to the GM role, Williams replied:

With open arms, I’d welcome it. This isn’t easy. I think Jim (former Cubs GM Jim Hendry) just a few weeks ago said, he used the phrase all-consuming; there are only a couple of other people in this town that understood what he was talking about. When that time comes I’m more than willing that if I’m being ineffective, whether from a personnel standpoint or a manager standpoint, I’ll step aside and we’ll go out have a steak and smoke a cigar, it’s not a problem.

Head on over to CSN Chicago for the video.

  1. pisano - Sep 27, 2011 at 7:32 PM

    The right guy left Chicago, (Ozzie) now if he’d only leave baseball.

  2. qcubed3 - Sep 27, 2011 at 8:18 PM

    Kenny has certainly done well, and I like how he is often aggressive in trying to win (ManRam ’10), but I think he has made several poor trades, and he has still never solved the center fielder problem. Picking up Rios’ contract was a bad gamble, Teahen has been waay overpaid, but the biggest crime is having let Daniel Hudson and Gio Gonzalez go for Edwin Jackson and Nick Swisher. Dunn was an unforeseeable disaster, so I’ll give him a pass on the big donkey.

  3. tomlotter1948 - Sep 27, 2011 at 9:54 PM

    Prediction for 2012–Sox will have the same record as 2011, and Adam Dunn will “raise” his batting average to .175, and the Sox will give away more good talent and get little in return…..

  4. tashkalucy - Sep 28, 2011 at 12:47 AM

    Williams has always been an overrated GM.

    A few hits, but pretty much below average.

    He and Ozzie had a storybook year in 2005. That will be their peak.

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