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Ronald Richard Schueler

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[edit] Biography

[edit] Introduction

Ron Schueler was a major league player and coach but is perhaps best known as a general manager.

[edit] Playing Career

After spending five years in the minors, Schueler pitched for four teams over an eight year major league career. In total, he appeared in 291 games and amassed a record of 40-48, to go along with a 4.08 ERA. Schueler tossed a pair of complete game shutouts in his major league career. Both occurred during the 1973 season as a member of the Atlanta Braves. He also pitched two-hitter on July 6 of that season, against the New York Mets, walking only 1 and striking out 9.

Atlanta traded Schueler to the Phillies following the 1973 season. He spent three seasons in Philadelphia, winning 16 games, while losing 20.

Schueler was purchased from the Phillies by the Twins in 1977, with whom he won eight games. He finished his career with a two year stint in Chicago, playing for the White Sox.

[edit] Coaching Career

From 1979-1986, Schueler served as pitching coach for the White Sox, Athletics and Pirates.

[edit] Front Office Career

"Point B to Point C"

Schueler spent four seasons evaluating talent in the Oakland organization before joining Chicago's front office. He replaced Larry Himes as general manager of the White Sox following the 1990 season. White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf, deemed Schueler to be the man that could guide the Sox from "point B to point C". Instead, Schueler found himself responsible for dismantling and rebuilding the Sox.

Upon taking over as GM, Schueler inherited a White Sox team that had just won 94 games, and possessed a nucleus of young talent, highlighted by Robin Ventura, Jack McDowell, and Frank Thomas. Schueler brought in several high-profile veterans in an attempt to push the Sox to a World Series crown. Tim Raines, Steve Sax, George Bell, and Bo Jackson were just some of the new faces added on the South Side. Bell came at the highest cost, as the Sox traded Sammy Sosa to the Cubs in return for the aging slugger. In 1993, the team won the AL Western Division, but fell short of the World Series.

Schueler signed Julio Franco and Darrin Jackson to bolster the White Sox in 1994, but hopes for a pennant were dashed by the strike.

The team stumbled in 1995, and fell short of the wild card in 1996. Looking to add a spark to the team, Schueler signed slugger Albert Belle prior to the 1997 season.

White Flag Trade

On July 31, 1997 the White Sox trailed the Indians in the Central division by 3.5 games. Robin Ventura had recently returned from a severe ankle injury. Rather than make trades to better the Sox for a playoff run, Schueler sent starters Wilson Alvarez, and Danny Darwin, and closer Roberto Hernandez to the Giants for a laundry list of young players, composed of Keith Foulke, Bobby Howry, Mike Caruso, Ken Vining, Lorenzo Barcelo, and Brian Manning.

The trade created a public relations nightmare for the organization. It would take several years for the Sox to regain success on the field and at the ticket office.

Hey, The Kids Can Play

Schueler and the Sox spent 1998 and 1999 cultivating young talent and exposing fresh faces to the major leagues. Several players emerged as potential stars. Magglio Ordonez debuted in 1997, he made his first all star team in 1999. Carlos Lee homered in his first major league at bat. Chris Singleton hit for the cycle. Mike Sirotka, Jim Parque, and Kip Wells showed promise in the rotation, while Bobby Howry, Keith Foulke, and Bill Simas formed a solid bullpen trio.

Prior to 2000, Schueler added veterans Jose Valentin and Cal Eldred to the pool of young talent. The White Sox looked ready to make good on their advertising slogan: "Hey, The Kids Can Play". Sure enough, the Sox exploded on the scene with 95 wins. Schueler added several key parts along the way, including Herbert Perry, Tony Graffanino, and Charles Johnson. The young Sox won the Central division, but fell short in the ALDS against the Mariners.

Semi-Retirement

Schueler retired at the conclusion of the 2000 season. He left his successor, Kenny Williams, a 95-win team and a highly rated farm system. He then spent time as senior vice president and special consultant to chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. He was a special assistant to the president for the Chicago Cubs in 2003, and special assistant to the general manager for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2005-2007. In 2008, Schueler moved to the San Francisco Giants as "Senior Advisor, Player Personnel".


Preceded by
Larry Himes
Chicago White Sox General Manager
1990-2000
Succeeded by
Kenny Williams

[edit] Record as General Manager

1991: 87-75, 2nd in AL West

1992: 86-76, 3rd in AL West

1993: 94-68, 1st in AL West

1994: 67-46, 1st in AL Central

1995: 68-76, 3rd in AL Central

1996: 85-77, 2nd in AL Central

1997: 80-81, 2nd in AL Central

1998: 80-82, 2nd in AL Central

1999: 75-86, 2nd in AL Central

2000: 95-67, 1st in AL Central

[edit] Significant Trades

1990-91

Eric King and Shawn Hillegas to Cleveland for Cory Snyder and Lindsay Foster

Ivan Calderon and Barry Jones to Montreal for Tim Raines, Jeff Carter, and Mario Brito

Adam Peterson and Steve Rosenberg to San Diego for Joey Cora, Warren Newson, and Kevin Garner

Joe Borowski to Baltimore for Pete Rose Jr.

John Cangelosi to Milwaukee for Esteban Beltre

Cory Snyder to Toronto for Shawn Jeter and Steve Wapnick

1991-92

Melido Perez, Bob Wickman, and Domingo Jean to New York (AL) for Steve Sax

Sammy Sosa and Ken Patterson to Chicago (NL) for George Bell

1992-93

Johnny Ruffin and Jeff Pierce to Cincinnati for Tim Belcher

Bobby Thigpen to Philadelphia for Jose DeLeon

Donn Pall to Philadelphia for Doug Lindsey

1993-94

Ron Coomer to Los Angeles (NL) for Isidro Marquez

Brian Boehringer to New York (AL) for Paul Assenmacher

Esteban Beltre to Texas for Scott Eyre

Mike Huff to Toronto for Domingo Martinez

Matt Merullo to Cleveland for Ken Ramos

Jeff Schwarz to California (AL) for Bob Melvin

1994-95

Jack McDowell to New York (AL) for Lyle Mouton and Keith Heberling

Warren Newson to Seattle for Jeff Darwin

Jim Abbott and Tim Fortugno to California (AL) for McKay Christensen, John Snyder, Andrew Lorraine, and Bill Simas

Mike Devereaux to Atlanta for Andre King

Jose DeLeon to Motreal for Jeff Shaw

1995-96

Tim Raines to New York (AL) for Blaise Kozeniewski

Andrew Lorraine and Charles Poe to Oakland for Danny Tartabull

Robert Ellis to California (AL) for Pat Borders

Luis Andujar and Allen Halley to Toronto for Tony Castillo and Domingo Cedeno

1996-97

Scott Vollmer to Anaheim (AL) for Don Slaught

Tony Phillips and Chad Kreuter to Anaheim for Jorge Fabregas and Chuck McElroy

Harold Baines to Baltimore for Juan Bautista

Wilson Alvarez, Roberto Hernández, and Danny Darwin to San Francisco for Keith Foulke, Bobby Howry, Mike Caruso, Lorenzo Barcelo, Ken Vining, and Brian Manning

Tony Pena to Houston for Julien Tucker

Darren Lewis to Los Angeles (NL) for Chad Fonville

1997-98

Alan Levine and Larry Thomas to Texas for Benji Gil

Matt Karchner to Chicago (NL) for Jon Garland

Charlie O'Brien to Anaheim (AL) for Brian Tokarse and Jason Stockstill

Chris Snopek to Boston for Corey Jenkins

1998-99

Mike Cameron to Cincinnati for Paul Konerko

Rich Pratt to New York (AL) for Chris Singleton

John Ambrose to St. Louis for Sean Lowe

Jake Meyer to Cincinnati for Brook Fordyce

1999-2000

Jaime Navarro and John Snyder to Milwaukee for Cal Eldred and Jose Valentin

Tanyon Sturtze to the Devil Rays for Tony Graffanino

Brook Fordyce, Jason Lakman, Juan Figueroa, and Miguel Felix to Baltimore for Charles Johnson and Harold Baines

Jesus Pena to Boston for Mike Rupp

[edit] Draft Picks

First Round Selections

1991: 25th overall, RHP-Scott Ruffcorn---Baylor University

1992: 24th overall, 1B-Eddie Pearson---Bishop State Community College

1993: 17th overall, LHP-Scott Christman---Oregon State University

1994: 26th overall, C-Mark L. Johnson---Warner Robins High School

1994: 33rd overall, RHP-Chris Clemons---Texas A&M University

1995: 25th overall, 3B-Jeff Liefer---Long Beach State University

1996: 12th overall, LHP-Bobby Seay---Sarasota High School

1997: 15th overall, SS-Jason Dellaero---University of South Florida

1997: 33rd overall, RHP-Kyle Kane---Saddleback College

1997: 34th overall, OF-Brett Caradonna---El Capitan High School

1997: 43rd overall, RHP-Aaron Myette---Central Arizona College

1997: 46th overall, LHP-Jim Parque---UCLA

1997: 51st overall, RHP-Rocky Biddle---Cal State, Long Beach

1998: 16th overall, RHP-Kip Wells---Baylor University

1998: 35th overall, OF-Aaron Rowand---Cal State Fullerton

1999: 15th overall, RHP-Jason Stumm---Centralia (WA) High School

1999: 22nd overall, RHP-Matt Ginter---Mississippi State University

1999: 35th overall, RHP-Brian West---West Monroe High School

1999: 46th overall, RHP-Rob Purvis---Bradley University

2000: 12th overall, OF-Joe Borchard---Stanford University

Other Notable Selections

1991: 489th overall, OF-Mike Cameron---LaGrange (GA) High School

1993: 59th overall, 3B-Greg Norton---University of Oklahoma

1993: 495th overall, LHP-Mike Sirotka---LSU

1994: 845th overall, RHP-Eric Gagne---(Did not sign)

1995: 84th overall, RHP-J.J. Putz---(Did not sign)

1996: 137th overall, 3B-Joe Crede---Fatima High School

1996: 377th overall, RHP-Chad Bradford---University of Southern Mississippi

1997: 62nd overall, RHP-Jeff Weaver---(Did not sign)

1998: 1139th overall, LHP-Mark Buehrle---Jefferson College

1999: 99th overall, RHP-Jon Rauch---Morehead State University

2000: 292nd overall, LHP-Heath Phillips---Central High School (Evansville)

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