White Sox GM Rick Hahn Learning Spanish

Hahn wants to be able to better communicate with some of his White Sox players.

Laurence Holmes Show
July 27, 2020 - 10:21 am

(670 The Score) During the downtime of society's shutdown this spring, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn was looking for something productive to do.

With nothing but time away from the ballpark, Hahn began taking Spanish lessons online. It's something he saw as beneficial as a leader of the White Sox, who have several key players who primarily speak Spanish.

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"We all found ourselves in this quarantine trying to use our time productively, in addition to watching Tiger King," Hahn said on the Laurence Holmes Show last Friday. "We all wanted to do a little something to better ourselves. I can't make banana bread or whatever that fad was.

"It did strike me as something that could serve me long term."

White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu, third baseman Yoan Moncada, outfielder Luis Robert and several other players speak Spanish as their primary language and are limited in their English.

Hahn has done about 90 online Spanish lessons of 45 minutes apiece, which he recognized is only a start in the process. He was reminded of that much in a team meeting recently in which White Sox manager Rick Renteria spoke in both English and Spanish.

"I realized about midway through that meeting that I did not learn Spanish yet," Hahn said. "I dabble in Spanish. I still got some work to do. But I do think that being bilingual in this culture is absolutely a benefit, just in terms of not putting it all on the young Latin player to communicate in English but maybe meet them halfway and help make them more comfortable and able to express themselves in the front office."