Roland Hemond

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Roland Hemond
Roland Hemond at SABR Convention 2014.jpg
Hemond in 2014
General manager, executive
Born: (1929-10-26)October 26, 1929
Central Falls, Rhode Island, US
Died: December 12, 2021(2021-12-12) (aged 92)
Teams
As general manager

As executive

Career highlights and awards

Roland A. Hemond (October 26, 1929 – December 12, 2021) was an American professional baseball executive who worked in Major League Baseball. He served as the scouting director of the California Angels, general manager of the Chicago White Sox and Baltimore Orioles, senior executive vice president of the Arizona Diamondbacks, executive advisor to the general manager of the White Sox, and special assistant to the president for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Career[edit]

After graduating from high school, Hemond served in the United States Coast Guard for four years from 1947 to 1951 and was stationed at Brooklyn Navy Yard for three of those years.[1] In 1951, he took a job with the Hartford Chiefs, a Minor League Baseball team. After two months, he was hired by the Boston Braves, and stayed with the team when it relocated to Milwaukee.[2] In 1961, the Los Angeles Angels hired him as their scouting director.[3]

Both Hemond and Chuck Tanner joined the Chicago White Sox from the Angels on September 4, 1970, when general manager Stu Holcomb hired them as director of player personnel and manager respectively.[4] Hemond was promoted to special assistant to the chairman of the board and president when Ken Harrelson replaced him as executive vice president of baseball operations on October 2, 1985.[5] He resigned from the White Sox on April 29, 1986, and became Commissioner of Baseball Peter Ueberroth's consultant for special projects seventeen days later on May 16.[6]

The Baltimore Orioles hired Hemond as their general manager in 1988,[7] and he served in the role until 1995. From 1996 to 2000, he was the senior executive vice president of the Arizona Diamondbacks. He returned to the White Sox between 2001 and 2007 as an executive advisor.[8][9] In 2007, Hemond returned to the Arizona Diamondbacks as special assistant to the president.[10]

Hemond was also credited with the original idea for the Arizona Fall League, an off-season developmental league owned and operated by Major League Baseball. The league features the top prospects from each of the MLB teams, with all games played in the spring training stadiums in and around Phoenix, Arizona. He was the former president of the Association of Professional Ball Players of America (APBPA), a non-profit that provides anonymous financial assistance and college scholarships to current and former players, scouts, and others connected with any level of professional organized baseball.[10][11] Hemond was a long-time member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) and a regular presenter and panelist at the Society's conferences; the Arizona chapter of SABR was renamed in his honor on January 28, 2017.[12][13]

Hemond was credited with mentoring Dave Dombrowski, Walt Jocketty, Doug Melvin, and Dan Evans.[14]

Awards[edit]

Hemond in 2009

Hemond was a two-time winner of Major League Baseball's Executive of the Year award (1972, 1989), as well as winner of the United Press International Executive of the Year Award in 1983.[15] In 2001, he was named the King of Baseball.[16] Hemond won the Branch Rickey Award in 2003.[17]

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."[18] The award was presented to him on July 23.[19]

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;[20] the Baseball America Award, presented to a person who has made major contributions to scouting and player development;[21] and the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) Award, given to the executive who has displayed great respect for scouts.[22] 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.[23]

Personal life[edit]

Hemond and his wife, Margo, had five children.[24] Hemond died on December 12, 2021, at the age of 92.[25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hersh, Phil. "Hemond Asks No More Than Baseball Forever: White Sox GM's Integrity Earns Universal Praise", The Sunday Oklahoman, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, May 9, 1982, section B, page 5.
  2. ^ "The Skinny". Hartford Courant. October 31, 2005. Archived from the original on November 1, 2021. Retrieved December 13, 2021 – via Google Cache.
  3. ^ "Angels Select Chief Of New Farm System". The Fresno Bee. January 4, 1961. p. 11 – via newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "Tanner Is Appointed White Sox Manager," The Associated Press (AP), Friday, September 4, 1970. Retrieved December 10, 2021
  5. ^ "'Hawk' put in charge in White Sox shakeup," United Press International (UPI), Thursday, October 3, 1985. Retrieved December 10, 2021
  6. ^ "Hemond resigns from Sox," The Associated Press (AP), Wednesday, April 30, 1986. Retrieved December 10, 2021
  7. ^ "Orioles' New GM Roland Hemond Is a Demon for Hard Work". Los Angeles Times. April 3, 1988.
  8. ^ "MLB, Diamondbacks executive Roland Hemond honored on Northeast tour". Azcentral.com. Retrieved December 13, 2021.
  9. ^ "Central Falls honors native son, and longtime MLB executive, Roland Hemond". Providencejournal.com. August 3, 2018. Retrieved December 13, 2021.
  10. ^ a b Lingo, Will (July 29, 2007). "Hemond Returns To Diamondbacks". Baseball America. Archived from the original on February 9, 2018. Retrieved December 14, 2021.
  11. ^ "Roland Hemond, longtime MLB exec, dies". MLB.com.
  12. ^ Ballantini, Brett (September 15, 2019). "Today in White Sox History: September 15 – South Side Hit Pen". Southsidehitpen.com. Retrieved December 13, 2021.
  13. ^ "Roland Hemond Award". Society for American Baseball Research. Retrieved December 13, 2021.
  14. ^ "Roland Hemond, former White Sox, Orioles general manager, dies at 92". Usatoday.com. Retrieved December 14, 2021.
  15. ^ Murphy, Robert J. (November 16, 1989). "Cubs' Frey, Orioles' Hemond UPI's co-Executives of the Year". United Press International. Retrieved December 14, 2021.
  16. ^ Pope, Lamond (December 13, 2021). "Roland Hemond, a decorated baseball executive who was the GM of the 1983 Chicago White Sox, dies at 92". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved December 14, 2021.
  17. ^ "Roland Hemond to receive 2003 Branch Rickey Award" (Press release). Major League Baseball Advanced Media. November 7, 2003. Archived from the original on February 10, 2011. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
  18. ^ Gonzalez, Mark (February 22, 2011). "Hemond named recipient of Buck O'Neil Award". Chicago Breaking Sports. Retrieved February 23, 2010.
  19. ^ "2011 Buck O'Neil Award Winner Roland Hemond". Baseball Hall of Fame.
  20. ^ "White Sox present 'Roland Hemond Award' to John Kazanas". MLB.com.
  21. ^ Manuel, John (December 2, 2016). "Pat Gillick's Eye—And Enthusiasm—Never Wane". Baseballamerica.com. Retrieved December 14, 2021.
  22. ^ "Roland Hemond – A baseball scout's best friend". Think Blue LA. December 10, 2016. Retrieved December 14, 2021.
  23. ^ "Roland Hemond: If You Can't Take Part in a Sport, Be One Anyway, Will You? – Society for American Baseball Research".
  24. ^ Perry, Dayn (December 13, 2021). "Roland Hemond, former White Sox and Orioles general manager, dies at 92". CBS Sports. Retrieved December 14, 2021.
  25. ^ Gonzales, Mark (December 13, 2021). "Famed White Sox executive Roland Hemond dies at 92". Daily Herald. Arlington Heights, Illinois. Retrieved December 13, 2021.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by Chicago White Sox General Manager
1970–1985
Succeeded by
Preceded by Baltimore Orioles General Manager
1988–1995
Succeeded by