05/11/2010 5:19 PM ET
White Sox name Jerry Krause Director of International Scouting
CHICAGO - Jerry Krause, who has 36 years of experience as a scout and executive in the National Basketball Association and 20 in Major League Baseball, has been hired by the Chicago White Sox as Director of International Scouting.
The first-year emphasis for Krause will be on restructuring Dominican and Venezuelan scouting and also will include free-agent scouting of other countries.
"I have been extremely familiar with Jerry's baseball scouting abilities for 28 years and aside from the mistake of recommending me for the 1982 draft, we are fortunate to add such an accomplished scout and teacher to the organization," said Ken Williams, White Sox general manager.
"I have been looking for a way to bring structure and greater successes in this area and believe we have the right man for the job. He will be responsible for restructuring the focus and cross checking top international players, along with instructing in White Sox scouting methodology," Williams said.
Krause has worked as a scout with the Cleveland Indians, Oakland A's, Seattle Mariners and the White Sox and also with the Yankees and Mets following his retirement from the Chicago Bulls. He played major roles in the White Sox acquisitions of Ozzie Guillen, Julio Cruz, Ed Farmer, Greg Luzinski, Tom Seaver, Greg Walker and Williams.
Krause served as general manager of the Bulls from 1985-2003. He assembled teams that won six NBA championships during an eight-year stretch in the 1990s (1991-93 and 1996-98) and was named NBA Executive of the Year in 1988 and 1996, the season in which the Bulls won an NBA-record 72 games. A Bulls banner bearing his name was raised to the rafters at the United Center on October 31, 2003.
Krause began his career as a NBA scout/special assistant with the Baltimore Bullets, the Bulls, Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers. He was responsible for the drafting of future Hall-of-Famers Earl Monroe and Wes Unseld with the Bullets, Jerry Sloan and Scottie Pippen with the Bulls and four NBA Rookies of the Year: Monroe (1968), Unseld (1969), Alvan Adams (1976 with Phoenix) and Elton Brand (2000 with the Bulls).
A native of Chicago, Krause graduated from Taft High School.