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December 5, 2009

Ozzie Guillen on using Gordon Beckham as the leadoff hitter

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 5, 2009 7:33 pm
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How about batting Gordon leadoff Ozzie?

“A lot of people are saying that,” Guillen said … “He’s the one in the lineup I have right now. Is he ideal? That’s the only (one) have. But I really like to have someone else out there. Bekcham is a very, very good RBI man. And I don’t want to take the bat away from him, and hoepfully we find someone to take his spot.”

Ozzie knows Kenny’s trying to find one:

“We tried to find one. It’s not easy. We tried looking for one, the one out there is very expensive, and the one is not there, we have to make big trades. We got from now until April to figure out. We got  2 1/2 months until (spring training) starts. Hopefully we find a true leadoff hitter. If not, we’ll see what we can do.”
and

“I’m not going to put the pressure on (Beckham) like he has to carry this ballclub. He’s going to be down there and put him where he feels comfortable. I’m going to try to protect him the best I can but right now, I like what I see when this kid is up with men on base. I’m going to put him in a RBI situation. Him and (Alexei) Ramirez, they love RBIs.”

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