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Exploring the rationale behind unconventional hirings by White Sox and Cardinals

Updated: November 24, 2011, 2:45 AM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

White Sox general manager Kenny Williams isn't one to play it safe with managerial hires. In 2003, he picked Ozzie Guillen to run the team even after they got into a heated exchange during Guillen's interview. The two men had an oil-and-water dynamic from the start, but those differences didn't prevent them from winning two American League Central titles and a world championship in 2005.

Ever the trailblazer, Williams raised the stakes this fall. Amid speculation that the Sox were ...

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