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Chris Getz rumored to be a “leading candidate” for White Sox GM

by Joe Binder

After the White Sox fired Kenny Williams and Rick Hahn in a shocking announcement on Tuesday evening, rumors about potential replacements have already begun to circulate.

USA Today’s Bob Nightengale tweeted that assistant GM Chris Getz is viewed as a “leading candidate” for the team’s GM role if the White Sox decide to stay internal with their search. 670 The Score’s Bruce Levine later added that both Getz and fellow assistant GM Jeremy Haber are “highly thought of” by White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf.

Reinsdorf’s only comments at this time have come by way of a press release that announced the dismissal of Hahn and Williams.

“This is an incredibly difficult decision for me to make because they are both talented individuals with long-term relationships at the White Sox. 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.

“Ultimately, the well-worn cliche that professional sports is results-oriented is correct. While we have enjoyed successes as an organization and were optimistic heading into the competitive window of this rebuild, this year has proven to be very disappointing for us all on many levels. This has led me to the conclusion that the best decision for the organization moving forward is to make a change in our baseball department leadership.”

– White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf

Aside from that, the only real note regarding the upcoming search for front-office replacements came at the end of the team’s press release, and it’s quite intriguing.

“The White Sox will begin a search for a single decision-maker to lead the baseball operations department and anticipate having an individual in place by the end of the season.”

– Chicago White Sox

All things considered, whether it’s the poor results on the field or all of the dysfunction behind the scenes, many could make the argument that the White Sox almost have no choice but to search outside of the organization for any replacements. In theory, this should be a meticulous process where only the most qualified names surface in the end. But then again, this is the White Sox we’re talking about so it’s best to remain cautiously optimistic, as our Jordan Lazowski put it best.

Getz, 39, is currently in his seventh season overseeing the White Sox Minor League Operations and Player Development System and third as Assistant General Manager. Before his promotion in January 2021, Getz served as Director of
Player Development from 2017-20 after being hired by the Sox in October 2016.

Before his days in the White Sox front office, Getz was selected by the team in the fourth round of the 2005 draft, and he made his major league debut late in 2008. After a rather lackluster professional career, Getz spent 2015-16 as a Baseball Operations Assistant/Player Development with the Kansas City Royals, who won the 2015 World Series.

Considering how early it is in the process, there will likely be plenty of new information surfacing over the coming weeks as the team undergoes its search. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide further updates as we get them.

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Chip Ramsey

Getz would be a huge mistake. They need an experienced guy from outside the organization for a fresh look.


Doesn’t matter who they hire as GM if the “Chairman” is still making the final (aka Financial) decisions


Why would the leading candidate be the guy that oversaw the worst minor league system in baseball? Being a buddy of JR shouldn’t be the top prerequisite.


Why, to begin with, would a guy who was a coach on one of the worst teams in Baseball be named the Sox manager?


LaRussa Definitely was!

Jim in Maine

Hire James Click


Let’s get a new play by play person too. One that want to do ALL the Sox games.

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