Executive Advisor to the General Manager
One of the most respected and experienced executives in baseball, Roland
Hemond rejoined the Chicago White Sox as executive advisor to General Manager
Ken Williams on November 30, 2000.
Hemond, a three-time winner of Major League Baseball's Executive of the Year award, brings 54 years of professional baseball experience to his position, including 23 seasons as a general manager with the White Sox (1971-85) and Baltimore Orioles (1988-95) and five seasons as a senior executive vice president with the Arizona Diamondbacks (1996-2000).
Hemond advises and assists Williams and represents the White Sox in a number of ways. Not only a valuable asset to the baseball department, he is a nationally recognized ambassador of the game and a highly sought after speaker. Hemond's professionalism, friendliness and willingness to contribute ideas and advice are attributes unmatched in the industry.
In 2003, Hemond was honored with the prestigious "Branch Rickey Award," presented by the Rotary Club of Denver to individuals in baseball who contribute unselfishly to their community and who are strong role models for others. He was the first non-uniformed person to receive the 12-year-old award.
During his first stint with the White Sox, Hemond was named executive of the year in 1972 and 1983. The 1972 Sox, featuring Hemond acquisition Dick Allen and manager Chuck Tanner, went 87-67 for the franchise's first winning record in five seasons. The 1983 club went 99-83 and won the American League West Division title by 20.0 games, then a record for largest winning margin.
While with Baltimore in 1989, Hemond was tabbed executive of the year for the third time after the Orioles improved 32.5 games from the previous season. The 1992 Orioles made a 22.0-game improvement in the standings. Hemond left Baltimore after the 1995 campaign to work with the expansion Diamondbacks.
During his tenure with the White Sox and Orioles, Hemond negotiated 135 trades involving 428 players.
Hemond was honored by Minor League Baseball for his longtime dedication and service to the game as the 2001 "King of Baseball." Hemond's baseball career began in 1951 as a front office member of the Eastern League's Hartford Chiefs. He also worked with the Boston/Milwaukee Braves from 1952-60 before being hired as scouting and farm director of the Los Angeles Angels in 1961.
Hemond remained in that capacity until joining the Sox in 1970. At the same time, the White Sox hired Tanner, who had served as manager of the Angels Class AAA team in Hawaii while Hemond was with California. The Hemond/ Tanner tandem proved potent, as the Sox finished third and second in their first two seasons with the Sox. While with the Sox, Hemond worked for three different ownership groups, John Allyn, Bill Veeck and Jerry Reinsdorf. Hemond left the Sox in 1985 and spent two years working for the Commissioner's office in New York before joining the Orioles.
Hemond is president of the Association of Professional Ballplayers of America (APBPA), a non-profit organization that helps former and current players and baseball personnel in need. He had served as first vice president of the APBPA for three years before being elected president. Along with Dennis Gilbert and scouts Dave Yoakum (White Sox) and Harry Minor (Mets), Hemond helped found the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation to provide assistance to long-time scouts who are in need of special support.
Three annual awards are named in Hemond's honor: The Roland Hemond Award, presented by the White Sox in honor of those who are dedicated to bettering the lives of others through extraordinary personal sacrifice; the Baseball America Award, presented to the person who has made major contributions to scouting and player development; and the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR) Award, given to the executive who has displayed great respect for scouts. Past recpients of the Hemond Award include Dr. Julian Lopez and Bill and Bonnie Cartwright, winners of the Baseball America Award include Buck O'Neill, George Kissell and Roger Jongewaard, and those honored by SABR include Bob Howstam, Paul Snyder and Pat Gillick. Hemond was the inagural recepient of both the Baseball America and SABR Awards.
Hemond is a native of Central Falls, R.I. He and his wife, Margo, have five children: Susan, Tere, Robert, Jay and Ryan, and three grandchildren: Taylor, Natalie and Zane. Margo's father is John Quinn, a former major-league general manager for 28 years. Her brother Bob served stints as general manager of the Yankees, Cincinnati Reds and San Francisco Giants, and her brother Jack was president of the NHL's St. Louis Blues after serving as general manager for the Pacific Coast League's Hawaii Islanders and Vancouver Mounties. Hemond's son, Bob, is part owner of the Class AAA Sacramento River Cats of the Pacific Coast League. The Hemonds reside in Phoenix.
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