The White Sox rebuilding project isn't an unqualified success quite yet — Rick Hahn has said that won't be the case until the team wins the World Series — but folks around baseball have recognized the job the general manager has done in taking the South Siders from rebuilders to contenders.
Hahn finished second in the league-wide vote for MLB Executive of the Year, coming in behind only Los Angeles Dodgers team president Andrew Friedman after his team won the World Series last month.
The White Sox had an ascendant 2020 campaign, rising from rebuilding status to contender status with a season that saw them come a win away from the AL Central crown. A late-season stumble left a sour taste in many fans' mouths, but it was a remarkable campaign for a team that lost a combined 284 games during the three seasons prior while waiting for young talent to develop.
That talent finally coalesced at the big league level in 2020, showing off the fruits of Hahn's efforts in trading for players like Lucas Giolito, Eloy Jiménez and Yoán Moncada and signing players like Yasmani Grandal, Dallas Keuchel and Luis Robert.
Friedman, of course, deserves the nod for, among other moves that have made the Dodgers a perennial power and, finally, a World Series champion, the trade for Mookie Betts.
Hahn, similar to his star first baseman, José Abreu, in preferring team wins over individual honors, would surely like to soon follow in Friedman's footsteps, not necessarily as Executive of the Year but as the architect of a World Series champion.