ANAHEIM, Calif. -- If the White Sox are to make any changes after what has so far been a frustrating season, they’ll wait until October.
General manager Rick Hahn said Thursday he wouldn’t address any questions about potential staff or front office changes until the offseason, though everyone would be evaluated.
The White Sox haven’t fulfilled their own expectations and the season -- one that had them seven back in the wild-card race as of Wednesday -- has been full of frustration, Hahn said. Hahn made no promises about anyone’s job security when asked about manager Robin Ventura, though he noted that the club would already have made changes had they felt one was needed.
“We’re all disappointed, Robin included, about where we sit right now and we’re going to have to go in the offseason and evaluate everyone in terms of are we putting ourselves in the best position to succeed,” Hahn said. “I will say that if we felt it made sense to make a change we would have made a change in any position whether it’s a player on the field, the staff or the manager. So obviously that can happen and going forward we’ll have to wait for the offseason and evaluate all of us.”
Ventura signed a contract extension before the 2014 season and is believed to have a season left on his deal. Then there’s executive vice president Kenny Williams, who continues to have his name attached to the job soon to be vacated by retiring Toronto Blue Jays president Paul Beeson.
“That’s all in the future,” Hahn said. “We’re focused on the here and now and winning tonight’s game. Anything in terms of personnel changes, players, staff, coaches, front office, whatever will wait for the offseason.”
As for how he has handled the disappointment, Hahn said it hasn’t been easy. The White Sox spent nearly $140 million on free agents last winter and traded for Jeff Samardzija. They’ve struggled all season, never pushing more than one game over the .500 mark.
“In a lot of ways I’m not too different from any other fan in that the ups and downs and the unmet expectations are extremely frustrating and difficult to stomach,” Hahn said. “In other ways I’m able to benefit from the fact I’m able to have conversations with staff or players or scouts to try to do something about it. But it’s no doubt been a grind and tough on all of us. We all entered this year with high hopes and high expectations and to date we have not met them yet. There’s still time to potentially meet them but that’s why we wait to the end of the year to do a state of my psyche.”