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White Sox to promote Ken Williams, name Rick Hahn GM

Sep 20, 2012, 7:27 PM EDT

Rick Hahn

USATODAY’s Bob Nightengale reported Thursday that the White Sox intend to promote Ken Williams to team president and Rick Hahn to general manager once the season concludes.

SI’s Jon Heyman confirmed the news.

The switch is not only a reward for Williams, but it’s also carrot to keep Hahn, the longtime assistant, around. The Harvard Law product has long been mentioned as a GM candidate elsewhere, and he’d probably have landed that position somewhere already if he weren’t so picky.

Williams is in his 12th year at the helm of the White Sox, making him the game’s fifth longest-tenured GM behind Brian Sabean (Giants), Billy Beane (A’s), Brian Cashman (Yankees) and Dan O’Dowd (Rockies). His White Sox will finish over .500 this year for the ninth time in his 12 seasons. They won the World Series in 2005.

  1. thebadguyswon - Sep 20, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    Well deserved. They have done a great job, and yet all people talk about is the Cubs.

    • Old Gator - Sep 21, 2012 at 12:13 AM

      Yeah, but what do they say about the Cubs? “Awful.” “Hopeless.” “Accursed.” “Doomed.”

      Silence is golden.

  2. royalsfaninfargo - Sep 20, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    So Heyman confirmed someone else’s story? He gets all the scoops!

  3. qcubed3 - Sep 20, 2012 at 8:13 PM

    Fantastic move! I do appreciate the Sox’s loyalty – at least when their winning!

  4. dadawg77 - Sep 20, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    So what should we call them? The Bulls have GarPax Does KenHan work?

  5. hondoheaven47 - Sep 20, 2012 at 9:51 PM


    • bravojawja - Sep 21, 2012 at 9:31 AM

      Can you imagine if he ever hires Kirk Gibson?

  6. Old Gator - Sep 21, 2012 at 12:13 AM


  7. abigsoxfan - Sep 21, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    I’ve been worried for years now that Hahn would take a GM job elsewhere and within a year or two Kenny would leave the Sox for something else and we’d be left with nothing. This is a great move for Kenny, Rick and the Sox. Thanks Jerry!

  8. Kevin Gillman - Sep 21, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    Be careful what you wish for White Sox fans, Indians wanted their own smart, hotshot Chris Antonelli at the helm, and this is the worst Indians season I have ever seen, it can happen in Chi-Town too.

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