May 24, 2010
What Ever Happened To…Jerry Krause?
I love the game whatever happened to…
Think about it. Whatever happened to…Chris Shelton? Whatever happened to…Bob Hamelin? ...Dana Barros? ...Austin Croshere?
I know all of those players are “1-hit wonders.” But seriously, what happened to those guys. I think there is one man who people say, at least in Chicago, whatever happened to…the most. That man is Jerry Krause.
Jerry Krause was responsible for putting together 6 championship Bulls teams before dismantling the dynasty. Many people blame Krause for Jordan’s departure and the Bulls’ failure to be a serious threat since. But give credit where credit is due. The man was a visionary when it comes to talent evaluation. Krause drafted Scottie Pippen, Wes Unseld, Earl Monroe, Jerry Sloan, and Elton Brand. He surrounded Michael Jordan with Horace Grant, B.J. Armstrong, and John Paxson. He later traded Will Perdue for Dennis Rodman. He knew talent.
But before Krause was picking Hall of Famers for the Bulls he was a baseball mind. He worked for the Chicago White Sox helping acquire Ozzie Guillen, Greg Walker, Kenny Williams, Ed Farmer, Greg Luzinski, and who could ever forget Tom Seaver.
Once Jordan left the Bulls and his Baby Bulls began to quickly crumble (Wow Ron Mercer and Corey Benjamin did not live up to the hype) Krause left Chicago. He found himself back in the baseball world. He began scouting, what he does best, for the Cleveland Indians, Oakland A’s, Seattle Mariners White Sox and the New York Yankees and Mets. But now Krause is back home in Chicago. The White Sox recently named Krause the Director of International Scouting. Krause will be in charge of restructuring the way the White Sox scout and head up recruitment in the Dominican Republic and Venezuela.
It is good to see Krause back home. Hopefully he can help bring 5 more White Sox rings to the city of Chicago.
And Let Us Say…Amen.