This move has some deliciously ancient/medieval overtones.
New White Sox general manager Rick Hahn’s first trade as the Chicago White Sox’ new general manager had him shipping out Kenny Williams Jr., the son of his boss and predecessor, Kenny Williams, to the Rockies. No word on whether, after the deal, Hahn bedded Williams’ wife, slaughtered his servants and livestock and sowed salt into the soil of Williams farm.
It gets better: In return for Williams Jr., the Rockies sent away Mark Tracy, the son of their former manager Jim Tracy. I presume that Tracy was sacrificed because his father escaped the Rockies’ hangman’s noose by resigning before he could be terminated, and that there was some sort of symbolic shunning of Tracy the Younger before he was cast out.
Baseball is kinda complicated.
LAS VEGAS — Farhan Zaidi left his job as the general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers to become the president of baseball operations for the San Francisco Giants. While Dodgers president Andrew Friedman remains at the top of the baseball operations department, Zaidi’s departure has left the Dodgers without a general manager. It happens. It also happens that the Dodgers do not plan to replace Zaidi with a new general manager any time soon. They just said so last week.
They do, however, have an assistant general manager now. It’s Jeff Kingston, late of the Seattle Mariners, where he served as Jerry Dipoto’s assistant. Now he is an assistant with no one, nominally, to assist. Seems like some sort of dividing by zero error, philosophically speaking, but we’ll just assume it’ll sort itself out.
Two less cosmic takeaways from this: 1. Kingston is an analytics guy who has typically advised the wheeler-dealer — Dipoto — so it’s fairly safe to assume he’ll do that in Los Angeles too; and 2. that a team is happy to proceed without a general manager should tell you where general managers, well, in general, stand in this age of title inflation in baseball front offices.
I imagine that, after some time in the organization, Kingston will be named the actual general manager with no real change in his duties, further underscoring that, in this day and age, the title of GM is like the value of a Zimbabwean dollar.