Dennis Gilbert, Special Assistant to Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf
Dennis Gilbert, a top agent in baseball before his early retirement in January 1999, joined the Chicago White Sox as special assistant to Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf on November 28, 2000.
Gilbert assists the White Sox in contract negotiations, as well as consulting on other baseball-related issues. Always active within the baseball community, Gilbert, along with Roland Hemond and scouts Dave Yoakum (White Sox) and Harry Minor (Mets), created the Professional Scouts Foundation in January 2003.
The foundation, which holds annual fundraising dinners featuring guests such as Willie Mays, Sandy Koufax, Tom Seaver, Tom Lasorda and other baseball notables, lends support to scouts who have provided longtime service to the game but may have fallen on financial hard times due to illness, retirement or the non-renewal of their contracts.
Prior to joining the White Sox, Gilbert was involved in building a top-flight baseball stadium at Southwest College in south central Los Angeles that serves as the home field for Major League Baseball's RBI program (Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities). The ballpark, Dennis Gilbert Field, celebrated its Opening Day on January 20, 2002. He continues his successful insurance practice in Beverly Hills, Calif.
After building his insurance business, Gilbert began his career as an agent in 1980 when he represented Hall of Famer George Brett. Gilbert added clients Bret Saberhagen, Danny Tartabull and Jose Canseco and then formed the successful Beverly Hills Sports Council. His client list included Barry Bonds, Bobby Bonilla, Mike Piazza and Curt Schilling, among others.
Gilbert played minor league baseball for four years and also has scouted in the Los Angeles area. He is a longtime season-ticket holder for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Angels. Gilbert and his wife, Cynthia Vereen, reside in Hidden Hills, Calif. The couple has three children: Ashlee, Shannon and Hailey.
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