A major renovation has begun for the Chicago White Sox.
In the midst of a dismal season, the Sox announced Tuesday they relieved executive vice president Ken Williams and general manager Rick Hahn of their responsibilities effective immediately.[ [Don’t miss] Column: Jerry Reinsdorf finally fires Ken Williams and Rick Hahn, but perhaps too late to really matter ]
While speculation had increased about their job status as the year progressed, the timing of the moves — with more than a month remaining in the regular season — came as a stunner.
“This is an incredibly difficult decision for me to make because they are both talented individuals with long-term relationships at the White Sox,” Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said in a statement. “Ken is like a son to me, and I will always consider him a member of my family.
“I want to personally thank Ken and Rick for all they have done for the Chicago White Sox, winning the 2005 World Series and reaching the postseason multiple times during their tenures. I have nothing but the greatest respect for them as people and appreciate the commitment and passion for the White Sox they exhibited over the years.”
In the release announcing the news, the Sox said they will “begin a search for a single decision maker to lead the baseball operations department” and anticipate having someone in place