Senior Vice President/
Special Consultant to the Chairman
White Sox General Manager Ron Schueler begins his second season in his role
as senior vice president/special consultant to chairman Jerry Reinsdorf.
After 10 seasons as the White Sox senior vice president of major league
operations, Schueler announced his decision to step away from running the
club's day-to-day operations on October 24, 2000, to begin his current role.
He also advises general manager Ken Williams and evaluates amateur and professional
talent as a scout for the club.
Schueler had been the longest-tenured general manager in the American League when he stepped down, leading the White Sox to an 817-734 (.527) mark during his 10 seasons, the fourth-best record in the major leagues over that span (behind only Atlanta, the New York Yankees and Cleveland). The Sox finished first or second in their division in eight of his 10 seasons, capturing division titles in 1993 and 2000. The 2000 White Sox went 95-67 to win the AL Central.
Schueler named Jerry Manuel the club's 36th manager on December 4, 1997. Manuel, who was named American League Manager of the Year in 2000, became the first African-American hired to lead a Chicago pro sports franchise (Larry Doby was an interim manager for the Sox in 1978).
The 53-year-old Schueler brings 22 years of off-the-field baseball experience and an additional 13 years of playing service to the White Sox. In the four years prior to joining the Sox, Schueler served as special assistant to Oakland's Sandy Alderson, where he was responsible for evaluating both professional and amateur baseball talent. With the White Sox, Schueler played two very different roles as general manager. In the early 1990s, his focus was on finding complementary players to sustain the team's success. Later in the decade, he helped develop an organization from the inside out with a deep pool of young talent. The White Sox were named "Organization of the Year" by Baseball America in 2000 and featured the "Player of the Year" in pitcher Jon Rauch.
During his tenure, Schueler was responsible for acquiring veterans Jim Abbott (1995), Harold Baines (1996-97, '00), Albert Belle (1997), Ellis Burks (1993), Mike Devereaux (1995), Doug Drabek (1997), Cal Eldred (2000-01), Julio Franco (1994), Charlie Hough (1991-92), Bo Jackson (1991-93), Darrin Jackson (1994, 1999), Cal Eldred (2000), Darren Lewis (1996-97), Dave Martinez (1995-97), Kirk McCaskill (1992-96), Tony Phillips (1996-97), Tim Raines (1991-95), Kevin Tapani (1996) Danny Tartabull (1996) and Jose Valentin (2000-01).
As a pitcher, Schueler compiled a 40-48 record over eight major-league seasons with Atlanta (1972-73), Philadelphia (1974-76), Minnesota (1977) and the White Sox (1978-79). The 6-4 right-hander originally was selected by Atlanta in the third round (secondary phase) of the January 1967 free agent draft.
His playing career ended in June 1979 when he was hired by Sox manager Don Kessinger as the club's pitching coach. Schueler served in that capacity until 1981 before joining Oakland as pitching coach from 1982-84. He held the same duties for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1986 before joining the A's front office, where he received a World Series ring with Oakland in 1989.
Schueler was born on April 18, 1948, in Hays, Kan. A graduate of Hays High School where he played baseball and basketball, he attended Fort Hays State College prior to being drafted. Schueler, who is married to Linda Schubert, has two daughters: Kacey and Carey, and two step daughters: Jennifer and Christina.
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