Video: Buck O'Neil Award honors Hemond


I'm not sure how many people here know the name "Roland Hemond," but everybody ought to. Hemond is currently working for the D-backs as a special assistant to Derrick Hall, which I believe contains some mix of scouting and whatever else crops up that he can help with. He just was chosen this month to receive MLB's Buck O'Neil Lifetime Achievement Award. His career in baseball stretches back over half a century, earning a WS ring from working with the 1957 Milwaukee Braves. Hemond's most prominent positions include Scouting Director for the California Angels (1961-1970), General Manager of the Chicago White Sox (1970-1985), General Manager of the Baltimore Orioles (1988-1995), Senior Executive Vice President of the Arizona Diamondbacks (1996-2000), and Executive Advisor to the General Manager of the Chicago White Sox (2001-2007). He is a two-time winner of the MLB Executive of the Year Award. This is the second such award handed out, after the inaugural award given posthumously to Buck O'Neil, a legendary player/manager from the Negro Leagues, who was also the first African-American coach in Major League Baseball history. The award is able to be given out only every three years. Having had the opportunity to speak to Hemond on a few occasions, I can safely say that if MLB made "The Most Interesting Man in Baseball" commercials, he would be the front-runner for the role. It is absolutely incredible to just listen to him speak about his experiences in the game, and he can always be found with a smile on his face, willing to give his time to anyone from the GM or the President to the new, lowly intern. Truly a deserving award for an incredible baseball lifer.