Hahn won't discuss future during season

White Sox GM tables staffing decisions until '15 campaign plays out

Hahn won't discuss future during season

ANAHEIM -- Rick Hahn was more than willing to talk about the present state of the 2015 White Sox during his chat with the media prior to Thursday's series finale at Angel Stadium. It marked the sixth or seventh interview session in which the general manager had to address the team's predictable unpredictability.

But where the future of the White Sox is concerned, and how the future could be influenced by this disappointing season, Hahn basically tabled answers to those particular questions until this campaign fully plays out.

"Any questions on the staff, myself, others, everyone, that's all in the future," Hahn said. "We're focused on the here and now and winning tonight's game. Anything in terms of personnel changes, players, staff, coaches, front office, whatever, will wait for the offseason."

Hahn was responding to a question concerning White Sox manager Robin Ventura and his coaching staff, who have the 2016 season left on their respective contracts. While Hahn put off any evaluation with 44 games to be played, he answered with "absolutely" when asked if he continued to be satisfied with the preparation and leadership from this coaching crew.

Satisfaction, though, doesn't completely hide disappointment with a team sitting eight under .500 entering Thursday's contest.

"Look, I think we're all disappointed, Robin included, about where we sit right now," Hahn said. "We're going to have to go in the offseason and evaluate everyone in terms of are we putting ourselves in the best position to succeed?

"I will say that if we felt it made sense to make a change, we would have made a change in any position whether it's a player on the field, the staff or the manager. So obviously that can happen, and going forward we'll have to wait for the offseason and evaluate all of us."

In regard to the current state of the White Sox, who are 6-13 since winning seven straight in Cleveland and Boston, Hahn had to go back to the 2003 season to find a team with the same frustration level. That group was in first place as late as Sept. 10, with Bartolo Colon, Esteban Loaiza and Mark Buehrle at the top of the rotation, and felt they could do some damage if they just made the playoffs.

Any damage done to Hahn's psyche or state of mind by this present, hard-to-figure squad also falls for the most part under the general manager's end-of-season conversation.

"I'm not too different in a lot of ways from any other fan in that the ups and downs and the unmet expectations are extremely frustrating and difficult to stomach," Hahn said. "In other ways I'm able to benefit from the fact I'm able to have conversations with staff or players or scouts to try to do something about it. But it's no doubt been a grind and tough on all of us.

"We all entered this year with high hopes and high expectations and, to date, we have not met them yet. There's still time to potentially meet them so that's why we wait to the end of the year to do a state of my psychosis."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.