Whether or not the White Sox planned it this way, it's interesting that the long-anticipated front office changing of the guard was announced on the seventh anniversary of the White Sox's 2005 World Series championship.
The highly-respected Rick Hahn, who has been the Sox's assistant general manager for the past 12 years, is now the senior vice president/general manager. Kenny Williams, whose dozen-year tenure as general manager produced the best winning percentage in the club's history as well the first world championship in 88 years, was promoted to the title of executive vice president.
Hahn's duties will include oversight of all player personnel matters, coaching staff decisions and player development and scouting operations. According to Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, Williams will now "focus even more on macro issues, talent evaluation and long-term planning."
Sox fans should look at these changes as a best-case scenario. The club will benefit from a fresh perspective with Hahn while maintaining Williams' experience. This formula doesn't always work, but these two have proven they can successfully work together and there's every reason to believe their positive synergy will continue.