White Sox GM Rick Hahn displays on failures of 2022, units sights on new supervisor

October 4, 2022

So now who?

With common supervisor Rick Hahn saying he’s main the search, however with others within the entrance workplace and chairman Jerry Reinsdorf concerned, the White Sox are already on the lookout for Tony La Russa’s substitute, Hahn stated.

Hahn stated the best candidate to be the Sox’ supervisor may have “current expertise within the dugout with a corporation that has contended for championships, ideally somebody who is a superb communicator, who understands the best way the sport has grown and advanced within the final decade or so, however on the identical time respects old-school sensibilities.”

Whereas saying appearing supervisor Miguel Cairo can be interviewed, Hahn instructed the Sox will break from their document of hiring from inside the organizational household.

“It will likely be a special course of,” he stated.

Huge names corresponding to Bruce Bochy, Joe Maddon, Joe Girardi and Don Mattingly are on the market. So are Carlos Beltran and Joe Espada, current sought-after candidates on the managerial market.

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“As a unit, we want an authoritarian, somebody who’s slightly harsher on some issues, not let issues slide,” nearer Liam Hendriks stated Monday.

A brand new voice, roster tweaks to enhance crew protection and a re-evaluation of the offensive strategy are in retailer.

The Sox have the second-highest price of chasing dangerous pitches in baseball and, whereas constructed for energy, rank twenty second in homers.

“We misplaced our offensive strategy,” Hahn stated.

Overloaded with first base and designated hitter sorts, the Sox’ roster wants changes. Hahn was noncommittal about first baseman Jose Abreu’s free-agent standing, and he stated he’s open to the opportunity of a commerce that will break up the Sox’ younger core, saying the commerce market could possibly be extra “fruitful” than free company.

“We’re not going to have the ability to simply throw cash on the downside,” he stated.

One other downside was well being, and Hahn stated pre-injury prevention was a problem with the mixture of the lockout throughout the offseason, a shortened spring coaching and a brand new power and conditioning workers led by Goldy Simmons.

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“We didn’t reply in addition to others did, and that’s a part of the rationale we’re right here,” Hahn stated.

“I think we’re going to have modifications within the coming months or additions within the coming months.’’

Hahn just isn’t on the new seat regardless of the crew being in jeopardy of fielding its eighth shedding crew within the final 10 seasons.

“If it ever bought to the purpose the place I felt like I wasn’t the best particular person in my position, I’d step apart,” Hahn stated. “And I’m fortunate sufficient, once more, to have the help [from Reinsdorf].”

However Hahn famous the baseball-operations division getting Government of the Yr Award consideration in 2020, successful the American League Central by 13 video games in 2021, “being picked for the World Sequence” in 2022, “and now we’re being requested if we must be in our jobs.”

“That’s simply the enjoyable of being in professional sports activities,’’ Hahn stated. ‘‘A good query given professional sports activities and given the accountability all of us need to have. However know that we ask these questions of ourselves greater than anyone.”

The failure of 2022 will function motivation.

“That is going to have an impact,” Hahn stated. “That is going to influence folks. This isn’t a sense that any of us need to expertise once more.

“We, just like the followers, felt the extent of disappointment with the efficiency this 12 months. It’s been described to me at instances as miserable, disgust, frustration, shock. I feel any of these adjectives is acceptable.”