Jerry Krause begins his second season with the Arizona Diamondbacks and his first season as a Special Assistant to the General Manager. His primary responsibilities are to scout professional, amateur and players within the D-backs' farm system while consulting with General Manager Kevin Towers on numerous special assignments, including planning, process and staff building within various D-backs baseball operations capacities. Krause, who joined the D-backs in 2011 as a Special Assistant to the Senior Vice President, Scouting & Player Development, previously served as the Chicago White Sox Director of International Scouting.
Krause, who has spent 23 of his 50 years in professional sports scouting baseball players, restructured Chicago's scouting in the Dominican Republic and Venezuela while also scouting players in other countries after rejoining the White Sox in May 2010. He has worked as a scout with the Cleveland Indians, Oakland A's, Seattle Mariners, White Sox, Yankees and Mets. Krause played major roles in the White Sox's acquisitions of Ozzie Guillen, Julio Cruz, Ed Farmer, Greg Luzinski, Tom Seaver, Greg Walker and Ken Williams.
For 12 consecutive years, he scouted both baseball and basketball during the same year.
Krause served as General Manager of the NBA's Chicago Bulls from 1985-2003. He assembled teams that won six NBA championships during an eight-year stretch in the 1990s (1991-93 and 1996-98) and was named NBA Executive of the Year in 1988 and 1996, the season in which the Bulls won a NBA-record 72 games. A Bulls banner bearing his name was raised to the rafters at the United Center on Oct. 31, 2003.
Krause began his career as a NBA scout and special assistant with the Baltimore Bullets, Bulls, Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers. He was responsible for the drafting of future Hall-of-Famers Earl Monroe and Wes Unseld with the Bullets, Jerry Sloan and Scottie Pippen with the Bulls and four NBA Rookies of the Year: Monroe (1968), Unseld (1969), Alvan Adams (1976 with Phoenix) and Elton Brand (2000 with the Bulls).