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October 28, 2009

Greg Walker: ‘If I was in a normal situation I probably would have been fired’

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ October 28, 2009 7:21 pm
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Greg Walker tries to understand why he’s still listed as the Sox hitting coach:

“Look, I know if I was in a normal situation I probably would have been fired after this year. But I also know that we have accomplished a lot. I know that if you watch this game on a daily basis there are things to point fingers at because this is a game of failure. I think over the years we built up a enough good will and accomplished things that people don’t realize. But we have underachieved the last few years. I think [general manager] Kenny [Williams], [manager] Ozzie [Guillen] and [board chairman] Jerry [Reinsdorf] know the reasons, and they know I’m the right man for the job. Last year happened and it would have cost a lot of hitting coaches their jobs, but there is a lot of trust there. I don’t take that lightly. I’ve done this for seven years and I think for those seven years we’ve underachieved two of them. Even those years we did underachieve we went about our business the right way. When they decide it’s someone else’s turn then it will be someone else’s job.” …

DeLuca says Walker along with Joey Cora, Don Cooper and Harold Baines got two-year contract extensions (2010 and 2011).


September 23, 2009

All Sox coaches sign extensions to 2011?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ September 23, 2009 7:56 pm
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Minutes after Williams spoke, a source confirmed that all of the coaches that had contracts up after this season — specifically hitting coach Greg Walker, pitching coach Don Cooper, bench coach Joey Cora and first base coach Harold Baines — had or were in the process of signing extensions thought to take the staff through 2011.

There were whispers that Williams recently signed an extension that will keep him the Sox GM through 2012 — the same length of Ozzie Guillen’s deal — but Williams replied in a text that he would not comment on that.

July 6, 2009

Gordon Beckham getting comfortable at third base

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 6, 2009 6:01 pm
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Mark Gonzales:

“I’m definitely getting better reads off the bat,” said Beckham, adding that he has learned to stay in one spot on certain grounders. “I feel more comfortable every day.”

Beckham said he has benefited from early work, particularly in stadiums where he hasn’t played, to familiarize himself with the different surfaces and backgrounds.

“I don’t have to be told by (bench coach) Joey Cora or (manager) Ozzie Guillen to move back with two strikes,” Beckham said. “I’m figuring it out. It’s come a lot easier for me.”

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