Hemond, a three-time winner of MLB's Executive of the Year award, has 58 years of professional baseball experience, including 23 seasons as a general manager with the White Sox (1971-85) and Baltimore Orioles (1988-95) and five seasons as senior executive vice president with the Diamonbacks (1996-2000). He later served as executive advisor with the White Sox (2000-07), before rejoining the Arizona Diamondbacks as a special assistant to president Derrick Hall.
Hemond, who is considered the architect of the highly successful Arizona Fall League that began in 1992, is a nationally recognized ambassador of the game and a highly sought-after speaker. His professionalism, friendliness and willingness to contribute ideas and advice are attributes unmatched in the industry. In 2003, Hemond was honored with the prestigious "Branch Rickey Award," presented by the Rotary Club of Denver to individuals in baseball who have contributed unselfishly to their community and who are strong role models for others. He was the first non-uniformed person to receive the 12-year-old award.
Hemond was honored by Minor League Baseball for his long-time dedication and service to the game as the 2001 "King of Baseball."
Hemond's baseball career began in 1951, as a front office member of the Eastern League's Hartford Chiefs. He also worked with the Boston/Milwaukee Braves from 1952-60, before being hired as scouting and farm director of the Los Angeles Angels in 1961.
Hemond is president of the Association of Professional Ballplayers of America (APBPA), a nonprofit organization that helps former and current players and baseball personnel in need. He had served as first vice president of the APBPA for three years before being elected president. Along with Dennis Gilbert and scouts Dave Yoakum (White Sox) and Harry Minor (Mets), Hemond helped found the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation, to provide assistance to long-time scouts who are in need of special support.
Three annual awards are named in Hemond's honor:
Past recipients of the Hemond Award include Dr. Julian Lopez and Bill and Bonnie Cartwright. Winners of the Baseball America Award include Buck O'Neill, George Kissell and Roger Jongewaard. Those honored by SABR include Bob Howstam, Paul Snyder and Pat Gillick. Hemond was the inaugural recipient of both the Baseball America and SABR Awards.
Hemond and his wife, Margo, reside in Phoenix, Ariz., and have five children: Susan, Tere, Robert, Jay and Ryan, and three grandchildren: Taylor, Natalie and Zane. Margo's father is John Quinn, a former Major League general manager for 28 years. Her brother, Bob, served as general manager for the New York Yankees, Cincinnati Reds and San Francisco Giants, and her brother, Jack, was president of the NHL's St. Louis Blues after serving as general manager for the Pacific Coast League's Hawaii Islanders and Vancouver Mounties. Margo's grandfather, A.J. Bob Quinn, was a player, front office executive and owner of the Columbus, Ohio affiliate starting in 1886, giving the family continuity in professional baseball in three centuries. Hemond's son, Bob, is the founding partner of the PCL's Sacramento River Cats.