|Born||March 20, 1971|
Winnetka, Illinois, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Michigan|
Harvard Law School
Kellogg School of Management
|Organization||Chicago White Sox|
Rick Hahn (born March 20, 1971) is an American baseball executive who serves as the Senior Vice President/General Manager of the Chicago White Sox of Major League Baseball. Following the 2020 season, in which the White Sox made their first post-season appearance since 2008, Hahn was voted winner of the Sporting News Executive of the Year Award by a panel of his peers. Hahn joined Roland Hemond (1972) and Bill Veeck (1977) to become only the third White Sox executive to win the honor in the 85 year history of the award. In his nine seasons as general manager, the team has not won a postseason series.
Hahn was raised in Winnetka, Illinois, and graduated from New Trier High School. He then went on to receive his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan, his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School and his Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management.
Hahn began his professional career as an agent at Steinberg, Moorad and Dunn in 2000. He worked there for two years before joining the White Sox in 2002. His aspirations of becoming a baseball executive were spurred on early in life at age eleven when he wrote a letter to Dallas Green, the Cubs Vice President and General Manager at the time, suggesting possible trades, and Green responded to him in the form of a letter.
In July 2011, SportsIllustrated.com ranked Hahn as the #1 General Manager Candidate in Major League Baseball. Similarly, in March 2010, Baseball America named Hahn the #1 General Manager prospect in Baseball. And, during the 2008 season, Baseball Prospectus had named Hahn one of the top-ten GM candidates in the game.
Following the 2007 season, Hahn withdrew his name from consideration for the General Manager's job of the St. Louis Cardinals, who eventually named John Mozeliak to the position, and he also declined the opportunity to interview for the Pittsburgh Pirates GM job prior to Neal Huntington being named to that post. Additionally, the White Sox declined Hahn permission to interview for the Seattle Mariners GM job following the 2008 season. Despite a lengthy rebuild project that tested the patience of their fan base, however, the White Sox have struggled to put a contender on the field under his guidance.
Hahn resides in Glencoe, Illinois with his wife Jean and their sons Jacob and Charles.
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