Rick Hahn will someday serve as a Major League Baseball general manager.
That statement is not so much a guarantee but more representative of one of the game’s top assistant general managers who definitely has earned a chance to run a team.
Hahn’s chance, though, will not be coming with the New York Mets.
On Friday, the Mets reduced their present general manager choices to the final two of Sandy Alderson and Josh Byrnes. Hahn and three other potential candidates who previously interviewed for the open position – Allard Baird, Dana Brown and Logan White– were informed by Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon and acting general manager John Ricco of the decision. Hahn issued the following statement about the process.
“All things considered – including several factors unique to the Mets current situation – I certainly understand the decision to go another direction,” said Hahn, in the statement sent via e-mail.
“I truly appreciate being invited to discuss the opportunity directly and candidly with Jeff Wilpon and others in the Mets front office and believe that Mets fans should be optimistic about the club’s future regardless of which of the remaining excellent candidates they ultimately choose.”
The 2011 campaign will mark Hahn’s 11th with the White Sox. Although he has been rightfully credited for his expertise in negotiating over $500 million in White Sox player contracts, he also stands as an adept talent evaluator and has formed a cohesive working unit at the top of the organization with White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, general manager Ken Williams and manager Ozzie Guillen.