Ozzie, Williams shower praise on Hahn

Ozzie, Williams shower praise on Hahn

CHICAGO -- It didn't take long for White Sox vice president/assistant general manager Rick Hahn's name to surface as a potential candidate to become the GM of the Cubs, after they dismissed Jim Hendry on Friday.

Hahn is in his 11th season in the White Sox front office and has become a hot name whenever Major League GM jobs open. In fact, Baseball America named him the top GM prospect in the game in March 2010.

When his name was brought up Friday in connection with the new Cubs opening, White Sox GM Ken Williams and manager Ozzie Guillen did nothing but fan the flame about Hahn's qualifications.

"I've made no secret about it. Rick Hahn is, to me, one of the most qualified men to assume the position moving forward," Williams said. "What [Cubs owner Tom Ricketts] does is his own business. He's a guy that's had a lot of success in business and in his world, and his world over there is none of my business at this point in time. But if he called for a recommendation on Rick Hahn, I absolutely would give him my highest."

Guillen had high praise for Hahn, as well. Is he qualified for a job like the Cubs?

"Of course," Guillen said. "Easy. Not my department, but looking from the outside in, he's very prepared, he has gone through everything in the system, he knows baseball very well and helped this organization. This man is very prepared. I don't know if they are going to talk to him. I talk to Rick all the time. He knows baseball."