CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox are selling former infielder Chris Getz to senior vp/basic supervisor, the workforce introduced Thursday.
Getz, who turned 40 on Wednesday, has been the workforce’s director of participant improvement and an assistant basic supervisor since 2017. He takes over the baseball division after former govt vp Kenny Williams and basic supervisor Rick Hahn have been dismissed in mid-August.
“Chris brings a wealth of data and expertise inside our group to this function,” White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf mentioned in an announcement. “Most significantly, he is aware of our gamers, each on the main league stage and in our system, is aware of our employees and is accustomed to all elements of our baseball operations division.”
Getz was taken by the White Sox within the fourth spherical of the 2005 draft and made his MLB debut in 2008 earlier than being traded to the Kansas Metropolis Royals in 2009. He performed in components of seven seasons, ending his taking part in profession with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2014.
He spent the subsequent two years within the Royals’ entrance workplace earlier than returning to the White Sox to supervise their minor league system.
“I’m honored and humbled to be given this management duty,” Getz mentioned in an announcement. “I perceive what this workforce means to White Sox followers, and I’m excited to start the work at this time and through the the rest of this season. There’s quite a lot of expertise inside this clubhouse and inside this ballpark, and we’re going to diligently start to do the work and lay the muse for a corporation and a workforce all of us take satisfaction in, from the employees, to the gamers, to our followers.”
The promotion comes with some query marks as Getz was an integral a part of the earlier regime that oversaw a failed rebuild. After making the postseason in 2020 and 2021, the workforce regressed, compiling a .500 mark in 2022 earlier than hitting all-time low this season.
The White Sox are fourth within the American League Central at 53-81, 16 video games again.
The struggles, which included locker room strife, led to the firings of longtime executives Williams and Hahn. It is probably supervisor Pedro Grifol will survive this season, because it was his first as an enormous league supervisor, and a number of the points throughout the workforce predated his arrival.
“Chris has impressed me vastly over the previous seven years,” Reinsdorf mentioned in his assertion. “In our conversations collectively this season, I’ve change into energized by his imaginative and prescient, method and sense of what this group must change into aggressive once more. Along with his present data of the group, high to backside, I consider his management will present us with the quickest path ahead to our objective, a constantly profitable baseball workforce that competes and performs the sport the correct approach. He’ll re-energize this group.”
Getz might be tasked with rebuilding a pitching employees that incorporates a rotation ranked thirteenth within the American League in ERA after dealing veterans Lance Lynn and Lucas Giolito on the commerce deadline. He’ll additionally want the sum to be higher than the components inside his place participant group because the workforce was too right-handed and lacked protection at key positions across the diamond.
His first selections this offseason revolve round nearer Liam Hendriks and shortstop Tim Anderson as each have workforce choices for 2024. Hendriks is rehabbing from Tommy John surgical procedure, so it is unlikely his possibility could be picked up. Anderson, in the meantime, underperformed after making Workforce USA for the World Baseball Traditional in March.