CHICAGO -- Robin Ventura wasn't the only one peppered with questions by fans during Saturday morning's SoxFest Town Hall Meeting, as general manager Rick Hahn joined Ventura on stage. Two other topics of discussion centered on Adam Dunn's struggles and the catching situation.
With questions about Tyler Flowers, Josh Phegley and Adrian Nieto behind the plate comes questions about why A.J. Pierzynski was allowed to leave after 2012. Hahn understands the interest in and the devotion to the catcher, who was a stalwart of the 2005 World Series champions and for the seven years that followed.
"You have arguably an iconic type who had a lot of success for a long time," Hahn said. "Then, you follow that up with a performance that was subpar at that position with his replacements, it's understandable people are going to have questions about that.
"It's fine. It's part of the job to make sure that we are as transparent as we can be and explain the rationale behind our decision."
Hahn also understood the fans' expressed displeasure coming off of last year's debacle.
"Look, we lost 99 games last year and these people have come out in the dead of winter to show their support for the team. But, at the same time, [they] have some questions on their mind. It's completely understandable," Hahn said. "Obviously, people who are willing to spend their time and money in January to come out to something like this are extraordinarily passionate about the club.
"They are extraordinarily invested in the club. And the ability to sit there and answer their questions until there are no more is a nice opportunity for us to make sure we get our message to the people who care the most."
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