HENDRY, WILLIAMS DESERVE POSTSEASON HONORS
Regardless of the season turns out for the Cubs and Sox, the AL and NL Executive of the Year awards should both reside here in Chicago.
Run your eyes up and down the MLB standings and try to find clubs with GMs that have done more to improve this season than both the Cubs and Sox. I don’t think you can.
Let’s start with Ken Williams. I could begin and end with Carlos Quentin. To be sure, not even Williams could have believed that Quentin would turn out an MVP-like season. But he obviously wanted Quentin on the Sox. Quentin leads all of MLB in homers, drove in his 100th run on Tuesday and is hitting .292/.398/.582 for the season.
Other moves by Williams:
- Garland for Cabrera. Garland has been rather pedestrian for the Halos. Cabrera has struggled offensively, but has been solid in the field as expected. The thing that is most telling about this move is that Williams so believed in Danks and Floyd that he could trade Garland for a proven SS.
- Signing Linebrink and Dotel. I still don’t like these deals for the long haul–especially considering Linebrink’s injury. But it’s safe to say that without these 2 signings the Sox aren’t sniffing 1st place.
- Trading for Nick Swisher. We can debate chemistry until the cows come home, but if there was ever a clubhouse that needed an injection of energy it was the Sox. Swisher also kept Jerry Owens in AAA and his 20+ homers and 75 walks. Without Swisher the Sox do not lead the Central in runs scored like they do now.
- Signing Alexei Ramirez. With the exception of Quentin, Ramirez may be the most exciting player on the White Sox. After a rough April, Ramirez has turned it on, won a starting job and leads the Sox in hitting. He could end up with 20 homers and an average of .300. The only question that remains is whether he will start at 2nd or Short next year.
The Sox lead the Central in runs scored and have also allowed the least runs. Not many, including this observer, thought Williams did enough to improve his club in the offseason. Williams likely doesn’t care about that and probably won’t be pleased unless the Sox win their 2nd World Series in 4 years. But he definitely deserves to be the AL Executive of the Year.
Up next…Jim Hendry.
[tags]Chicago White Sox, Ken Williams, Carlos Quentin, Alexei Ramirez, Nick Swisher[/tags]