Sullivan: A scout to the core, Jerry Krause also made an impact in baseball

From Paul Sullivan at the Chicago Tribune on March 22, 2017, with mention of SABR member Roland Hemond:

Jerry Krause may mostly be remembered as a successful NBA general manager with six championship rings on his mantle, but everyone who knew him said he considered himself a scout first and foremost.

And Krause, who died Tuesday at 77, was one of the rare professional scouts who was knowledgeable enough to discover talent in two sports — basketball and baseball.

“It’s easy to be GM for the Bulls when you have all these people below you and they know what to do,” former White Sox shortstop Ozzie Guillen said. “It’s harder when you’re scouting a 120-pound guy who’s only 19 years old and you take a risk on him, trading a Cy Young Award winner for him.”

That skinny 19-year-old was Guillen, who came to the Sox in the winter of 1984 after Krause, then a scout for the Sox, advised general manager Roland Hemond to acquire him for former Cy Young winner LaMarr Hoyt.

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Originally published: March 22, 2017. Last Updated: March 22, 2017.