PHOENIX — The Arizona Diamondbacks today dedicated the Roland Hemond Executive Conference Room in the executive offices of Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, the club’s Spring Training home. Hemond, who currently serves as the Special Assistant to D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall, is one of the most respected and experienced executives in baseball.
“There is no better baseball executive in the game than Roland Hemond and we’re all thrilled that the executive conference room at Salt River Fields will not only bear his name, but several photos that represent his incredible career,” said Hall. “We are all extremely fortunate to be able to call upon his wisdom and expertise each and every day.”
The attached photos (credit Jonathan Willey/Arizona Diamondbacks) show the name plate at the entrance to the conference room as well as the photos hanging inside the conference room. Also attached is a photo of the framed jersey hanging in the conference room which features his name, the No. 11 and a Hall of Fame patch on the sleeve, signifying his most recent honor. Last season, Hemond was selected as the second recipient of the Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY and was honored during Hall of Fame Weekend.
Hemond, 82, has revolutionized front-office management and strategy during his seven-decade career in baseball and has spent his post-GM days assisting baseball family members in need. He began his baseball career in the 1950s with the Milwaukee Braves and helped assemble a team that won National League pennants in 1957 and 1958, along with the 1957 World Series. He later worked for the Los Angeles Angels before becoming the general manager of the Chicago White Sox from 1971-85, where he was twice named Executive of the Year.
He later became GM of the Baltimore Orioles in 1988 and was again named MLB Executive of the Year in 1989 before joining the Diamondbacks from 1996-2000 as Senior Executive Vice President, guiding the franchise through its debut season of 1998. Hemond served as an executive advisor for the White Sox from 2001-07 before returning to the D-backs in 2007 in his current role.
Among the innovations with which Hemond is credited for creating is the Arizona Fall League, the league of baseball prospects that began in 1992. He serves as president of the Association of Professional Ballplayers of America, a non-profit organization that helps former and current players and personnel in need. Along with three other executives and scouts, Hemond helped found the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation to provide assistance to longtime scouts who are in need of special support.
Hemond has received countless awards and honors over the years and remains a nationally recognized ambassador of the game due to his knowledge, professionalism, friendliness and willingness to contribute ideas and advice to the next generation of baseball leaders.