There was an interesting blip of interest last week in former Sox GM Larry Himes, given his influential role in both the Frank Thomas and Greg Maddox careers. Sox fans unfamiliar with Mr. Himes should take a closer look at his record, his alleged personality problems notwithstanding. Himes, together with his assistant Al Goldis, had an incredible talent evaluation run for a few years. They accomplished what few front offices do--taking advantage of consistent high draft positions to sign truly great players--Big Frank, Black Jack, Robin and Alex Fernandez. They also drafted such strong players as James Baldwin and Jason Bere, and traded for, among others, "One Dog". An amazing run that positioned the Sox for a decade of competitiveness. Himes was also the one who saw the talent in Sammy Sosa (talent that Sosa himself did not trust without assistance) and had the guts to trade Harold Baines. In the end, it was a short run on the South Side, with allegations that Himes was an abrasive personality who could not get along with people in the organization. Who knows where the truth lines. But we do know that for one bright, shining period of time, the Sox drafted amateur players like a champion.