One week after the club was shut out in their Wild Card Series loss to the Braves, longtime Cincinnati Reds executive Dick Williams has stepped down to pursue personal interests, the team announced. General manager Nick Krall will continue to serve in the same capacity, the club says. Williams reportedly informed the team he would step down after the season earlier this year.
“It is the right time for me to begin a transition, both professionally and personally. 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,” Williams said in a statement. “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.”
Williams, 50, has a family connection to the Reds that dates back a half-century. His grandfather, William Sr., and great uncle, James, were two local businessmen and part of the group that purchased the Reds from Bill DeWitt Sr. in 1966. They remained part of the ownership group until selling the team to Marge Schott in 1984. Williams joined the Reds full-time when the team was sold to Cincinnati businessman Bob Castellini in 2005.
Under Williams, the Reds overhauled their scouting and player development systems, and embraced analytics. He led them through their rebuild in the mid-to-late 2010s and was also a key figure in their aggressive pursuits of Cuban players like Aroldis Chapman and