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Jasmine Dunston taking over as White Sox director of minor league operations

by Joe Binder
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The White Sox have made an addition to their front office, and the name might sound a little familiar.

Jasmine Dunston, the daughter of longtime MLB player Shawon Dunston, is taking over as the new White Sox director of minor league operations. She was named to the position back in December and will be reporting directly to Chris Getz, the Assistant General Manager of Player Development

Jasmine, 31, comes to the South Side after spending just the past year as a specialist in the Cincinnati Reds’ player development department. She boasts an impressive resume, interning for the NFL Branch of All Pro Sports & Entertainment, working for the Las Vegas Raiders as a clerical assistant, and then as a certified law clerk at John F. Kennedy University. She also played softball at Tennessee State before going on to Valparaiso University for her Masters in Sports Administration and then John F. Kennedy University for her Juris Doctorate in Sports Law.

By bringing in Dunston, the move allows for the long-tenured Grace Guerrero Zwit to ease into retirement after 40 years with the club. Zwit was originally hired by general manager Roland Hemond and assistant general manager Dave Dombrowski in 1982. As Senior Director of Minor League Operations, Zwit became the first woman to work in the team’s baseball operations department and has become highly respected – thus making this transition to Dunston that much more significant.

For those who might recall, Shawon Dunston was the first overall pick by the Cubs in the 1982 MLB draft. He would go on to play 12 of his 18 major league seasons on the North Side, two of which were All-Star caliber (1988, 1990). He finished his career hitting .269/.296/.416 with 150 home runs, 668 RBI, .712 OPS, and 11.5 WAR. His son, Shawon, Jr., was also drafted by the North Siders and played minor league baseball through 2017.

While landing a job of this standing after a year in the industry is nothing short of impressive, it also speaks volumes to Jasmine’s character and work ethic. On behalf of our Sox On 35th crew, we would like to wish her all the best in her new position!


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Featured Photo: Jasmine Dunston/Instagram


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