“I don’t know about the organization,” Guillen responded on Wednesday, when asked if he was feeling the heat with that decision now. “Myself, I know he’s going to hit. Maybe the fans do. Maybe the media does. I really don’t put attention to that. I don’t. He had big hits for a lot of people. He had big hits for us. I don’t put any attention to that. I don’t.
“If it’s not Thome then it’s going to be [Justin] Morneau. Jim is playing just because Morneau is not there.”
If the Twinkies hadn’t acquired Thome due to your stupidity, they wouldn’t have the option of playing Thome after they lost Morneau.
but magically found them for Mark Kotsay:
Jim Thome has continued to hit and hit and hit this year, and check out where he ranks now on the list of most plate appearances by a guy 39 or older, minimum 170 OPS+:
I’m telling you it’s magic…
[H]is stuff is legit. A 96 MPH fastball that comes from the side similar to Thornton’s so it’s tailing hard in on righties and hard away on lefties. Great starting pitch, going to be hard to hit. Sale snapped off a changeup in this game that had real good movement, and that curveball from his windup is the pitch we always dreamed Thornton would develop; sharp break, but you can’t pick it up from his windup. He keeps that arm healthy and this kid has few limits.
Sale’s Pitch-F/X summary.
BTW, Chris Sale impressed Big Jim.
A few quotes from Ozzie Guillen’s latest rant:
How many games did we win against the National League? 15? Every time we had Jim Thome here, we couldn’t play him against the National League. Why won’t anybody give me credit for that one?
Can’t this dumbass understand that we aren’t a National League team and we played only 9 games in National League parks, while the rest of our 162 game schedule is against American League teams? And close to half of the 162 games are against divisional teams, and none of those are National League teams. Is that so difficult to understand? Jeez…
When I see him hit that s— out there all the way to the building out there at 98, I don’t see that for the last three years with us. Good for him. A lot of people talk about the home run from Jim Thome.
What? Jim Thome didn’t hit enough HRs for you Ozzie? I see 42 in 2006, 35 in 2007, 34 in 2008 and 23 in 2009.
Ozzie had some words for the White Sox fans who like Jim Thome too:
You want to have Jim Thome here? F— it. They’re a fan, a radio announcer or a newspaper. We don’t want him because we don’t need him. Right now we don’t. Is he playing good for them? Good for him. Anybody else anything about Jim Thome? All those f—— people in Chicago say something Jim Thome?
Go read all his comments (trib). The guy is totally insane.
Olney @ ESPN via DSD:
According to Buster Olney of ESPN, Ramirez is still owed $5 million this season and the Chicago White Sox could feasibly get Ramirez simply as a straight waiver claim and with no need to send prospects in return.
Olney also speculates that the Tampa Bay Rays, New York Yankees, or the Texas Rangers could all take a gamble on Ramirez. It’s also possible that Ramirez could go through the waiver wire unclaimed and then the Dodgers could trade him and, in doing so, agree to pick up a portion of his remaining salary.
Kenny shouldn’t have listened to Ozzie and his crazy DH theory, and keep Jim Thome. We’d have a proper DH, and not this Mark Kotsay nonsense, and for the entire season. Furthermore, Big Jim wouldn’t be contributing a .268/.387/.578/.966 hitting line to the Twinkies.
UPDATE: Rosenthal @ FOXS:
Left fielder Manny Ramirez…would be risky for a team to claim; the Dodgers likely would let him go, assuming that Ramirez was willing to waive his no-trade clause. The claiming club then would assume the pro-rated portion of his $20 million salary, which on Aug. 31 still would be more then $3 million.
The deferrals in Ramirez’s contract would make no difference in the amount his new club would pay; only the timetable might be affected. Ramirez’s contract stipulates a $5 million salary this season and deferred payments without interest of $3.33 million each on June 30, 2011 and ’12 and $8.33 million on June 30, 2013.
If Ramirez cleared waivers, he would be eligible to be traded to any team — and he would be wise to waive his no-trade clause for an American League club that would allow him to serve as a DH and build his value for free agency this off-season.
Ramirez, recovering from a right calf strain, could begin a rehabilitation assignment this week. The Dodgers cannot place him on waivers until after they activate him from the disabled list.
In explaining what the Sox have been trying to get done, as well as the resistance they have come across in accomplishing that, Guillen revealed details that were assumed but never confirmed by the organization. Specifically, to acquire someone like Dunn comes at a heavy price, and it’s a price that at least Guillen doesn’t want to pay.
You mean Ozzie you would find enough ABs for a LHB like Dunn in the event he was acquired? I remember 6 months ago you couldn’t find ABs for another LHB and he ended up in Minnesota for $1.5 million and now has a 149 wRC+. Funny thing! I mean sad…
JJ looks at what it will take to land Adam Dunn:
Granted, getting Dunn would probably mean parting with one good prospect and another marginal one. Cowley points out that Brent Morel isn’t a fit with Washington thanks to Ryan Zimmerman, but I have to wonder if Dayan Viciedo would interest the Nats. Viciedo should ultimately will end up a first baseman, and while the Nationals do have a first base prospect in Double-A, Viciedo could provide a more immediate impact.
The elephant in the room is Dan Hudson, who I would hate to see the Sox trade for a half-year rental player. In fact, there really aren’t a whole lot of circumstances in which I’d be okay with the Sox trading Hudson.
Kenny, you screwed up. If you had not listen to Ozzie and signed Jim Thome in the off-season, you wouldn’t be in a situation where you have to give up 6 years of Dan Hudson (or Flowers) for 2-3 months of Adam Dunn. And what did Big Jim sign for? $1.5 million. You gave $1.5 million to Mark Kotsay. Hell, you gave $14 million to Mark Teahen. Losing Dan Hudson for $1.5 million. That would suck…