Reds President of Baseball Operations Dick Williams is resigning. The team says in a statement he is leaving to "pursue personal interests outside baseball," namely, a position with his family's company, North American Properties.
"It is the right time for me to begin a transition, both professionally and personally," Williams says. "I have been affiliated with this organization in one way or another for most of my life, but I have been working here full-time for 15 years. More than anything, I was so proud to represent this unbelievable city of ours. It was the honor of a lifetime to be a small part of assembling teams that went out and battled for these fans. My earliest memories are of being a fan of the Reds and of my father and grandfather being involved with the team and bringing that success. I always wanted to play a part in bringing that full circle."
Reds CEO Bob Castellini says the team will evaluate its operational structure before deciding about replacing Williams. Nick Krall will remain as the team's vice president and general manager.
"Dick has been an integral part of the Reds' success from our first days of ownership in 2006 through our Postseason appearance in 2020," Castellini says. "He took the lead on modernizing every aspect of our baseball operations. Dick was the mastermind behind our incredible facility in Goodyear, drove advances in our scouting and player development systems, expanded our capacity for analytics and established our sports science departments, just to name a few."
Williams' father, Joe Williams, is chairman of the board for North American Properties and the Reds, and his uncle, Tom Williams, is president and CEO of the family company and Reds vice chairman and a principal owner.
"I am looking forward to the opportunity to work directly with my father and uncle for the first time," says Williams.