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rdivaldi
06-26-2007, 08:55 PM
Here's the article. (http://www.baseballamerica.com/today/majors/news/264338.html)

Anyone else find this strange?

Fungo
06-26-2007, 10:41 PM
I thought it was strange as well. I really thought they were gonna go outside the organization a really put an emphasis on scouting & player development. I was less than thrilled to say the least when I saw the article.

California Sox
06-26-2007, 10:49 PM
I really don't find it that strange. It was the rumor the day Shaffer was fired. The Sox were happy with Laumann's evaluating skills. He got demoted over a management issue. I believe he snapped at a scout or something. Maybe Kenny decided working and playing well with others wasn't all that important.

Fungo
06-26-2007, 11:03 PM
I really don't find it that strange. It was the rumor the day Shaffer was fired. The Sox were happy with Laumann's evaluating skills. He got demoted over a management issue. I believe he snapped at a scout or something. Maybe Kenny decided working and playing well with others wasn't all that important.I remember that. I found an article around the time Laumann was "promoted"...

http://www.baseballamerica.com/online/0319/callis.html

The White Sox say they made the change with Laumann, which they initially tried to spin as a promotion, for “the betterment of the organization.” Laumann has declined comment, but several other sources say his downfall came when he wanted to discipline one of his crosscheckers.
The scout has ties to higher-ranking people in the Sox front office, so Laumann was overruled. When he persisted, he lost his job.
The link has some good names of "prospects" that were drafted during his run.

rdivaldi
06-26-2007, 11:19 PM
I remember that. I found an article around the time Laumann was "promoted"...

http://www.baseballamerica.com/online/0319/callis.html

The link has some good names of "prospects" that were drafted during his run.

Lauman did find some guys, but not any big difference makers. True that there are still some years to go before the final chapter can be written about the drafts in 2001, 2002 and 2003, but I'm more impressed with the 2004 drafts than any others of recent vintage.

I was kinda hoping for someone outside of the organization.