Ronald Richard Schueler
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 4", Weight 205 lb.
- High School Hays (KS) High School
- Debut April 16, 1972
- Final Game July 4, 1979
- Born April 18, 1948 in Catharine, KS USA
Ron Schueler was a major league player and coach but is perhaps best known for his work as a general manager.
After spending five years in the minors, Schueler pitched for four teams over an eight year major league career. In total, he appeared in 291 games and amassed a record of 40-48, to go along with a 4.08 ERA. Schueler tossed a pair of complete game shutouts in his major league career. Both occurred during the 1973 season as a member of the Atlanta Braves. He also pitched two-hitter on July 6 of that season, against the New York Mets, walking only 1 and striking out 9.
Atlanta traded Schueler to the Phillies following the 1973 season. He spent three seasons in Philadelphia, winning 16 games, while losing 20. Schueler was purchased from the Phillies by the Twins in 1977, with whom he won eight games. He finished his career with a two year stint in Chicago, playing for the White Sox.
From 1979-1986, Schueler served as pitching coach for the White Sox, Athletics and Pirates.
Front Office Career
"Point B to Point C"
Schueler spent four seasons evaluating talent in the Oakland organization before joining Chicago's front office. He replaced Larry Himes as general manager of the White Sox following the 1990 season. White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf deemed Schueler to be the man that could guide the Sox from "point B to point C". Instead, Schueler found himself responsible for dismantling and rebuilding the Sox.
Upon taking over as GM, Schueler inherited a White Sox team that had just won 94 games and possessed a nucleus of young talent, highlighted by Robin Ventura, Jack McDowell, and Frank Thomas. Schueler brought in several high-profile veterans in an attempt to push the Sox to a World Series crown. Tim Raines, Steve Sax, George Bell, and Bo Jackson were just some of the new faces added on the South Side. Bell came at the highest cost, as the Sox traded Sammy Sosa to the Cubs in return for the aging slugger. In 1993, the team won the AL Western Division, but fell short of the World Series. Schueler signed Julio Franco and Darrin Jackson to bolster the White Sox in 1994, but hopes for a pennant were dashed by the strike. The team stumbled in 1995, and fell short of the wild card in 1996. Looking to add a spark to the team, Schueler signed slugger Albert Belle prior to the 1997 season.
On July 31, 1997 the White Sox trailed the Indians in the Central division by 3.5 games. Robin Ventura had recently returned from a severe ankle injury. Rather than make trades to better the Sox for a playoff run, Schueler sent starters Wilson Alvarez, and Danny Darwin, and closer Roberto Hernandez to the Giants for a laundry list of young players, composed of Keith Foulke, Bobby Howry, Mike Caruso, Ken Vining, Lorenzo Barcelo, and Brian Manning. The trade created a public relations nightmare for the organization. It would take several years for the Sox to regain success on the field and at the ticket office.
Hey, The Kids Can Play
Schueler and the Sox spent 1998 and 1999 cultivating young talent and exposing fresh faces to the major leagues. Several players emerged as potential stars. Magglio Ordonez debuted in 1997 and made his first all star team in 1999. Carlos Lee homered in his first major league at bat. Chris Singleton hit for the cycle. Mike Sirotka, Jim Parque, and Kip Wells showed promise in the rotation, while Bobby Howry, Keith Foulke, and Bill Simas formed a solid bullpen trio.
Prior to 2000, Schueler added veterans Jose Valentin and Cal Eldred to the pool of young talent. The White Sox looked ready to make good on their advertising slogan: "Hey, The Kids Can Play". Sure enough, the Sox exploded on the scene with 95 wins. Schueler added several key parts along the way, including Herbert Perry, Tony Graffanino, and Charles Johnson. The young Sox won the Central division, but fell short in the ALDS against the Mariners.
Schueler retired at the conclusion of the 2000 season. He left his successor, Kenny Williams, a 95-win team and a highly rated farm system. He then spent time as senior vice president and special consultant to chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. He was a special assistant to the president for the Chicago Cubs in 2003, and special assistant to the general manager for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2005-2007. In 2008, Schueler moved to the San Francisco Giants as "Senior Advisor, Player Personnel". In November 2009, he was lured to the Washington Nationals front office by Mike Rizzo.
- 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 1 (1974)
|Chicago White Sox General Manager
Record as General Manager
- Eric King and Shawn Hillegas to Cleveland for Cory Snyder and Lindsay Foster
- Ivan Calderon and Barry Jones to Montreal for Tim Raines, Jeff Carter, and Mario Brito
- Adam Peterson and Steve Rosenberg to San Diego for Joey Cora, Warren Newson, and Kevin Garner
- Joe Borowski to Baltimore for Pete Rose Jr.
- John Cangelosi to Milwaukee for Esteban Beltre
- Cory Snyder to Toronto for Shawn Jeter and Steve Wapnick
- Melido Perez, Bob Wickman, and Domingo Jean to New York (AL) for Steve Sax
- Sammy Sosa and Ken Patterson to Chicago (NL) for George Bell
- Johnny Ruffin and Jeff Pierce to Cincinnati for Tim Belcher
- Bobby Thigpen to Philadelphia for Jose DeLeon
- Donn Pall to Philadelphia for Doug Lindsey
- Ron Coomer to Los Angeles (NL) for Isidro Marquez
- Brian Boehringer to New York (AL) for Paul Assenmacher
- Esteban Beltre to Texas for Scott Eyre
- Mike Huff to Toronto for Domingo Martinez
- Matt Merullo to Cleveland for Ken Ramos
- Jeff Schwarz to California (AL) for Bob Melvin
- Jack McDowell to New York (AL) for Lyle Mouton and Keith Heberling
- Warren Newson to Seattle for Jeff Darwin
- Jim Abbott and Tim Fortugno to California for McKay Christensen, John Snyder, Andrew Lorraine, and Bill Simas
- Mike Devereaux to Atlanta for Andre King
- Jose DeLeon to Montreal for Jeff Shaw
- Tim Raines to New York (AL) for Blaise Kozeniewski
- Andrew Lorraine and Charles Poe to Oakland for Danny Tartabull
- Robert Ellis to California (AL) for Pat Borders
- Luis Andujar and Allen Halley to Toronto for Tony Castillo and Domingo Cedeno
- Scott Vollmer to Anaheim (AL) for Don Slaught
- Tony Phillips and Chad Kreuter to Anaheim for Jorge Fabregas and Chuck McElroy
- Harold Baines to Baltimore for Juan Bautista
- Wilson Alvarez, Roberto Hernández, and Danny Darwin to San Francisco for Keith Foulke, Bobby Howry, Mike Caruso, Lorenzo Barcelo, Ken Vining, and Brian Manning
- Tony Pena to Houston for Julien Tucker
- Darren Lewis to Los Angeles (NL) for Chad Fonville
- Alan Levine and Larry Thomas to Texas for Benji Gil
- Matt Karchner to Chicago (NL) for Jon Garland
- Charlie O'Brien to Anaheim (AL) for Brian Tokarse and Jason Stockstill
- Chris Snopek to Boston for Corey Jenkins
- Mike Cameron to Cincinnati for Paul Konerko
- Rich Pratt to New York (AL) for Chris Singleton
- John Ambrose to St. Louis for Sean Lowe
- Jake Meyer to Cincinnati for Brook Fordyce
- Jaime Navarro and John Snyder to Milwaukee for Cal Eldred and Jose Valentin
- Tanyon Sturtze to the Devil Rays for Tony Graffanino
- Brook Fordyce, Jason Lakman, Juan Figueroa, and Miguel Felix to Baltimore for Charles Johnson and Harold Baines
- Jesus Pena to Boston for Mike Rupp
- 1st Round (15th overall), SS Jason Dellaero, University of South Florida
- 1st Round (33rd overall), RHP Kyle Kane, Saddleback College
- 1st Round (34th overall), OF Brett Caradonna, El Capitan High School
- 1st Round (43rd overall), RHP Aaron Myette, Central Arizona College
- 1st Round (46th overall), LHP Jim Parque, UCLA
- 1st Round (51st overall), RHP Rocky Biddle, Cal State, Long Beach
- 2nd Round, RHP Jeff Weaver, California State University, Fresno (Did not sign)
- 1st Round (15th overall), RHP Jason Stumm, Centralia (WA) High School
- 1st Round (22nd overall), RHP Matt Ginter, Mississippi State University
- 1st Round (35th overall), RHP Brian West, West Monroe High School
- 1st Round (46th overall), RHP Rob Purvis, Bradley University
- 3rd Round, RHP Jon Rauch, Morehead State University