Chicago White Sox general manager Kenny Williams has made all the right moves this season. Williams is the brains behind a remarkable comeback year for the South-siders, and he's got a legitimate shot to win Executive of the Year.
Now, the Sox, fresh off a very disappointing 2011 campaign, find themselves at the top of a tight AL Central race with the Detroit Tigers.
A good portion of the credit is due to manager Robin Ventura, bounce-back performances from SP Jake Peavy, OF Alex Rios, slugger Adam Dunn and continued production from the old guard (including 1B Paul Konerko).
But an even bigger share of the credit belongs to Williams. We're witnessing his aggressive philosophy at its best.
The Sox were quiet in the offseason, going so far as to let several core players (including SP Mark Buehrle) walk in free agency. Most baseball experts didn't expect much from Chicago in 2012.
But like a great NFL QB, Williams has displayed incredible read-and-react skills this year. He's identified roster weaknesses in-season and acted quickly to address them.
Let's take a look at three ways that Williams has made this season much more enjoyable for White Sox fans than last year.