Chicago White Sox Will Have One of the Highest Payrolls in Baseball for the 2011 Season

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PART 1 of a Crain’s Chicago Business interview with White Sox General Manager Kenny Williams.

Kenny WIlliams discusses the team’s surprising decision to increase payroll by signing Adam Dunn and re-signing Paul Konerko and A.J. Pierzynski. Distributed by Tubemogul.

What happened on September 27, 1986? (Hint … Kenny William’s MLB debut was September 2, 1986).

Kenny Williams is a former outfielder for the Chicago Whites, Detroit Tigers and Toronto Blue Jays in Major League Baseball and the general manager of the Chicago White Sox.

In November 1992, Williams rejoined the White Sox organization as a scout. Named special assistant to Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf in 1994, he spent some time as a studio analyst for Sox games on SportsChannel Chicago before becoming the team’s director of minor league operations in 1995. In 1997, he was named vice-president of player development, a position in which he remained until 2000.

In November 2000, Kenny Williams replaced Ron Schueler as the general manager of the White Sox, and hired former Chicago shortstop Ozzie Guillén as the team’s manager in 2003. The White Sox won the World Series in 2005.