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Kenny Williams (baseball)

Kenny Williams
Center fielder
Born: (1964-04-06) April 6, 1964 (age 51)
Berkeley, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
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Last MLB appearance
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Career statistics
Batting average .218
Home runs 27
RBI 119

As Player

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Career highlights and awards

Kenneth Royal Williams (born April 6, 1964) is a former outfielder in Major League Baseball and the current Executive Vice President of the Chicago White Sox.


Playing career

Selected by the White Sox in the third round of the

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Administrative career

In November

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General manager

In October 2000, Williams replaced Ron Schueler as the general manager of the White Sox.[1] Williams hired Jerry Manuel as his first manager, in which he led them to 2 division titles and 500 wins, then he hired popular former Chicago shortstop Ozzie Guillén as the team's manager in

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On February 27,

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In the off-season prior to the 2006 season, Williams set out to improve his world championship team further by acquiring pitcher Javier Vázquez from the Arizona Diamondbacks and slugger Jim Thome from the Philadelphia Phillies. In addition, Williams was cognizant of the large role that the bench played under Ozzie Guillén and solidified it by trading for Rob Mackowiak and Alex Cintrón. Because of these maneuvers, the White Sox were once again favored[by whom?] to win the 2006 World Series. Despite winning 90 games, they fell short and finished in third place in the AL Central Division behind the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins, thereby not making the playoffs. At the All-Star break, however, the White Sox were tied with the Detroit Tigers for first place and held a 6-game lead on the New York Yankees for the wild card. The lead evaporated in the second half of the season and the White Sox finished third in the central behind the Minnesota Twins and Tigers.

In the offseason before the

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With pitcher Jake Peavy being acquired at the trade deadline for the 2009 season, Williams was referred to by Gordon Edes of Yahoo Sports as a "stealth bomber" for his under the radar moves.[4] On August 10,

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On October 26, 2012, Williams was promoted to Executive Vice President of the Chicago White Sox while Assistant GM Rick Hahn was promoted to General Manager.

Personal life

Kenny resides in Naperville, Illinois, . He has 5 children:[5][6][7] entrepreneur TeMeka C. Williams, former Professional Scout for the White Sox Dedrick Q. Williams,[8][9] former Wichita State University baseball player Kenny Williams, Jr. (a 2008 draftee of the White Sox) and now scout for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Kyle Williams (also a 2006 draftee of the White Sox), and Tyler Williams, who attended Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Arizona (the same High school as White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko). Tyler is currently playing in the Chicago White Sox Farm System as a first baseman for the class A affiliate Kannapolis Intimidators.[10] Kenny also has one granddaughter. Kenny Williams is currently re-married.[11] Williams wed television journalist Zoraida Sambolin in July 2014.[12] Williams has two new step children, Sambolin's son Nicolas and daughter Sofia.


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Preceded by
Ron Schueler
Chicago White Sox General Manager
Succeeded by
Rick Hahn