Hemond Returns To Diamondbacks
Longtime baseball executive Roland Hemond is returning to the Diamondbacks as a special assistant to the president, ending a nearly seven-year run as an adviser with the White Sox.
Hemond is one of the most respected executives in the game and had previously worked for the Diamondbacks from 1996-2000 as a senior executive vice president. He will now assistant Diamondbacks president Derrick Hall in a variety of roles, including "special projects, industry relationships and international initiatives," according to a team release.
"I have always admired and respected Roland and am thrilled that he will be joining us," Hall said. "Nobody in the baseball community compares to him when it comes to relationships and contacts, and his knowledge and experience in the industry is second to none. He was one of the original architects of this great Arizona franchise, so it has been my desire to have him return, contribute and finish his illustrious career as a Diamondback."
Hemond, 78, has worked in professional baseball for more than 50 years, including 12 years as general manager of the White Sox (1973-85) and eight season as GM of the Orioles (1988-95).
After his first stint with Arizona, Hemond spent the past seven seasons with the White Sox as executive adviser to GM Ken Williams.
"I am indeed very happy to rejoin the Diamondbacks organization," Hemond said. "It is gratifying to be welcomed back by Derrick and other members of the front office. I have been impressed by what has transpired with the Diamondbacks recently and I want to lend my experience to contribute in any way I can to make this organization even more successful for years to come."
Hemond is a nationally recognized ambassador of the game and one of the most well-known people within the industry, and almost any front-office executive's career has been touched by Hemond in some way.
Baseball America recognized him as the first winner of its award for excellence in scouting and player development in 2001, then named the award for him. It is one of three annual awards presented in his honor, a tribute to his character and lasting contributions to the game.