Roland Hemond

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Roland Hemond
Roland Hemond 2009.jpg
Hemond in 2009
Born (1929-10-26) October 26, 1929 (age 84)
Central Falls, Rhode Island
Occupation Major League Baseball executive
Organization Arizona Diamondbacks

Roland Hemond (born October 26, 1929 in Central Falls, Rhode Island) is a longtime executive in Major League Baseball who in 2007 returned to the Arizona Diamondbacks as Special Assistant to the President, Derrick Hall.[1] His previous positions include: Scouting Director of the California Angels (1961–1970), General Manager of the Chicago White Sox (1970–85), Baltimore Orioles (1988–95), Senior Executive Vice President of the Arizona Diamondbacks (1996–2000), and Executive Advisor to the General Manager of the White Sox (2001–2007).[1]

Hemond is a three-time winner of Major League Baseball's "Executive of the Year" award (1972, 1983, 1989). He is also credited with the original idea for the Arizona Fall League, an off-season developmental league owned and operated by Major League Baseball, featuring the top prospects from each of the MLB teams, with all games played in the spring training stadiums in and around Phoenix, Arizona. He is also the President of the Association of Professional Baseball Players of America (APBPA). This non-profit based in Southern California provides anonymous financial assistance and college scholarships to current and former players, scouts, and others connected with any level of professional organized baseball.[1]

During the 2006 World Series, four of Hemond's associates took part as the general managers and managers of the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers. Walt Jocketty, the Cardinals GM, had served as the GM of the White Sox triple A affiliate, the Iowa Oaks. Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa was the White Sox field manager, and Tigers manager Jim Leyland was his third base coach. Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski was the White Sox assistant general manager.[1]

Hemond has a World Series ring from his time served as the assistant scouting director of the 1957 Milwaukee Braves.

In February 2011, the Baseball Hall of Fame announced that Hemond would become the second person to receive the Buck O'Neil Lifetime Achievement Award recognizing "the profound impact he has had on the game, for his baseball intelligence as a keen talent evaluator and in building winning teams, to the universal respect he has earned for mentoring generations of baseball executives, past and present." [2] The award was presented to him on July 23.

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 for American Baseball Research (SABR) Award, given to the executive who has displayed great respect for scouts. Hemond was the inaugural recipient of both the Baseball America and SABR awards. He received an honorary degree in Humane Letters from the University of Phoenix in July 2006 and was named an honorary member of Princeton University’s 1954 class after speaking at a sports symposium at the university in 2009.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Lingo, Will (29 July 2007). "Hemond Returns To Diamondbacks". Baseball America. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  2. ^ Gonzalez, Mark (22 February 2011). "Hemond named recipient of Buck O'Neil Award". Chicago Breaking Sports. Retrieved 23 February 2010. 
Preceded by
Stuart Holcomb
Chicago White Sox General Manager
19701985
Succeeded by
Ken Harrelson
Preceded by
Hank Peters
Baltimore Orioles General Manager
19881995
Succeeded by
Pat Gillick