‘You can’t ever end the push’: Director of player personnel Gene Watson brings a championship pedigree to the Chicago White Sox

Gene Watson had a hand within the Kansas City Royals buying Chris Getz and Brian Bannister throughout their taking part in days.

“I traded for Chris Getz in November 2009 to the Royals when I worked for Dayton Moore,” Watson recalled Friday. “In ‘06 I traded for Brian Bannister. It’s guys who like to play the sport, which have a coronary heart for his or her teammates.

“Both were guys that while they were playing, you saw guys who took a lot of pride in their work and prepared. Now that they are in front offices (Getz as general manager and Bannister as senior adviser to pitching), they are applying the same attributes to their job.”

Watson has joined them in seeking to flip issues round for the Chicago White Sox because the workforce’s director of participant personnel.

“All three, with (assistant general manager) Josh (Barfield), are tremendously bright, rising stars in Major League Baseball,” Watson mentioned. “It’s going to be fun to come alongside and help them win here.”

Getz introduced Watson’s addition final week.

“Gene is another well-respected person in the industry, 25 years of scouting experience with multiple organizations,” Getz mentioned this week. “He’s obtained a really robust community with regards to scouting and resolution making.

“Certainly there’s a lot that goes into it. I’ve got a tremendous respect for scouting acumen, a scout’s eye. To be able to collect background and makeup information is certainly a strength of Gene. We’re going to continue to drive that with our group as we put together the best team we can up here and factor in who fits in this clubhouse.”

Watson described his function as “just turning over every rock to find the best players we can.”

”Coming over right here, it’s going to be working over the professional scouting division and looking for one of the best gamers we are able to to assist this workforce win,” he mentioned.

Watson, who on Monday turns 55, was the vp of major-league scouting/assistant basic supervisor for the Royals for the final two seasons after spending most of 2021 with the Los Angeles Angels as senior adviser to the final supervisor/major-league operations.

He beforehand labored for the Royals as a major-league scout from 2006-08, coordinator of professional scouting from 2009-11, director of professional scouting from 2012-17 and as senior director of professional scouting/assistant to the final supervisor from 2018-20.

Watson was a member of the Royals scouting workers after they received back-to-back American League pennants in 2014-15 and the World Series in 2015.

Watson has identified Pedro Grifol for greater than 10 years. Grifol was a coach with the Royals earlier than being named the Sox supervisor.

“He’s wonderful,” Grifol mentioned Friday. “He’s actually well-versed within the sport, very inventive. He was one of many foremost causes that Kansas City did what they did in ‘14 and ‘15. He actually is aware of the panorama of the sport, he is aware of the panorama of different groups.

“He’s going to be really good for us. He’s going to help Chris in many ways. He’s going to be a big part of getting us where we want to go.”

In addition to the World Series championship workforce in Kansas City, Watson was with the Miami Marlins group after they received all of it in 2003.

“I know you can’t ever end the push,” Watson mentioned of the parts wanted for a winner. “That’s one of many issues that I’ve tried to convey to this desk. Our purpose is to win a world championship right here. With that comes a value in fairness, a value in prospects. It’s costly to win a world championship. Maybe you’ll and perhaps you received’t. But should you don’t consider you’ll, you by no means will. We’re going to proceed that mantra and that push right here.

“The expectations drive the results, and we’re here to win a world championship. I’m here to help find the best players I can and we’re going to use every vehicle we can. Our professional scouting staff is outstanding, and when it comes to six-year free agents, Rule 5 major-league free agents, comeback guys, going to facilities in the winter to watch bullpens, our relationships with agents, our relationships with past players, we’re going to turn over every stone we can to improve this team brick by brick in the days, months and years ahead.”

Watson sees components on the Sox.

“We’ve got stars on the field,” he mentioned. “We’ve got to put players around them that love to play the game with them and know how to play and that’s what we’re going to work for.”

White Sox endure 99th defeat

The Sox inched nearer to a doubtful mark after falling 3-2 to the San Diego Padres in entrance of 20,491 on Friday at Guaranteed Rate Field.

They are 61-99 and must win each of their last two video games of the season to keep away from 100 losses. The Sox have had 4 100-loss seasons in franchise historical past: 1932 (102 losses), 1948 (101), 1970 (106) and 2018 (100). They misplaced 99 video games in 1934 and 2013.

Yoán Moncada and Carlos Pérez homered in Friday’s defeat. It was Pérez’s first major-league residence run.