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February 26, 2011

Ozzie Guillen fires back at Bobby Jenks [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ February 26, 2011 3:05 pm
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Ozzie Guillen responded to Bobby Jenks. Gonzales @ CT:

“Too bad that all the stuff we had between me and Kenny interrupted his career because he did a lot of bad things last year,” Guillen quipped. “We lied for him, we protected him. I’m the first manager in the history of baseball to give a guy a week off to take care of his kids when his father-in-law was sick. It wasn’t even his wife, it even wasn’t a (family) member. But it was out of respect I have for his family. I sent him home because he had to babysit his kids because his father-in-law was sick. I don’t think any manager is doing that. But coming from him, I expect that.”

“We don’t miss him,” Guillen said. “You ask 30 guys in there. By the way, I was asking for his phone number to talk him to about it, and nobody had his phone number. None of his (former) teammates had his phone number. That you can tell what happened. But (criticism of ) me, that’s fine. He wasn’t talking about the ballclub, he was talking about Ozzie and Kenny (Williams). I respect that. ”

“Thank God he wasn’t talking about the club. If Bobby was taking about the club, I would have been everywhere on ESPN because I will rip his guts. But he was talking about me. I can take that. Just be careful of what you say about Oney because Oney will say stuff he’s not supposed to be saying. That’s just a warning for him just in case somebody don’t call him. Just stay away and don’t name Oney for this because it will be pretty ugly.”

Scot Gregor @ DH:

“First of all he can’t make any comments about last year because he was never in the clubhouse,” Guillen said. “He spent more time at his house than he did in the clubhouse. They told me about it. I didn’t read it yet. The only thing I can say is that I feel bad for him because I think the way we treated this kid, just the White Sox and myself, or our front-office people, we helped him a lot on the field and off the field.”

“Just worry about Boston, don’t worry about the White Sox,” Guillen said. “He has to worry about Boston and what he has to do for them. And I bet you (Red Sox manager) Tito Francona won’t put up with the (bleep) we put up with here. I have Tito’s number here to call him and say make sure you tell Bobby to worry about the Boston Red Sox and don’t worry about what happened here or whatever. We don’t miss him.

Brett Ballantini @ CSN:

“Please, someone who knows [Jenks], please [tell him not to] talk about Oney,” Guillen said. “It’s going to be ugly. I talked to my wife about it, to make sure to tell Oney to let it go. It can [end] bad. Me? That’s OK. Kenny is OK with it—I talked to Kenny. But Oney? Stay away from Oney. He’s not a good kid. When you go to that point with him, Oney knows a lot about a lot of things. Make sure [Jenks] stays away from [Oney].”

“He had a lot of problems, but we were loyal to him by playing him. I was a very bad manager because I kept him as my closer when he couldn’t [close]. He has to look [at] himself in the mirror.”

“I’m very sad,” Guillen said. “I’m not even mad about it. I’m very sad about the way he thinks about us. Am I going to say anything bad about him? I’m not going to waste my time—he’s not part of my program. It’s very sad because he should look at himself in the mirror, and all the things he said in the paper, to realize what he said. Like I said in January, if there was one player I ever managed, I did more stuff for him than anybody else, on the field and off the field.

“He did a lot of bad things last year. We lied for him. We protect[ed] him.”

UPDATE: Audio from ESPN (3:15).

January 20, 2011

Ozzie Guillen leaning towards Chris Sale as closer

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 20, 2011 1:27 pm
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Gregor @ DH:

Ozzie also talked about the closer’s role, and he is leaning toward Chris Sale but also keeping a close eye on Jake Peavy’s health.

The White Sox’ manager also said Dayan Viciedo might get a shot in either left or right field.

UPDATE: Merkin @ CWS:

Although Guillen couldn’t provide any clarity on Sale’s immediate future, he did admit that breaking camp with a “closer by committee” is not a routine he wants to follow.

“That’s a good thing for the pitcher, knowing what [his] position is going to be,” Guillen said. “I think that’s one thing we’re looking for and I hope we do.

“You look around and Matt Thornton is the guy with experience. The guy was there before. You look at Sale and we don’t know. We got to wait to see if Peavy is ready and see if we use Sale or somebody else. I got to wait for that. But pitching, Cooper knows about that and [general manager] Kenny [Williams] has an idea and I feel comfortable either way.

“Having Sale in the bullpen is a plus,” Guillen said. “That depends on Peavy and who’s going to cover early in the season.”

January 1, 2011

Matt Thornton: Oney Guillen’s personal White Sox tweets must be snuffed out fast

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 1, 2011 8:38 pm
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ESPN Chicago:

“I’m not a big fan of the social media, personally,” Thornton said on ESPN 1000’s “Talking Baseball.” “I don’t tweet. I don’t Facebook. I don’t like it in sports at all. I don’t think it’s necessary at all. … What happened here with Oney tweeting what he did, that’s crossing a pretty big line in my personal opinion. That’s something that’s gotta be addressed quickly and taken care of and snuffed out real fast. Anytime you bring clubhouse stuff out in the open, I don’t care what it is, it’s that person’s personal business and also the clubhouse’s personal business. That’s the first time all this stuff has really irritated me. It doesn’t matter what’s true and what’s not true, I don’t care about that. The fact that anything was said at all is ridiculous. It’s definitely gotta be addressed and taken care of real quick around here.”

Audio (3 minutes) at the link. Or download the mp3 here (748 KB).

December 30, 2010

Kenny Williams to Ozzie Guillen: You handle Oney-Bobby saga

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ December 30, 2010 12:10 pm
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Haugh @ CT:

Oney, Ozzie’s 24-year-old son, put his famous father in another awkward spot Wednesday when he aired details via Twitter of Bobby Jenks’ personal problems shared in the sanctity of the clubhouse.

References to Jenks’ drinking issues, his marriage, an altercation with a clubhouse attendant and an emotional breakdown in Guillen’s office did little but raise doubts about just how private any future interaction with the Sox manager will stay.

“It is an issue I trust Ozzie to manage as there are obvious peripheral issues that are in direct conflict to what we believe and could directly compromise the integrity of clubhouse privacy, privacy that is vital to a team’s unity and success,” general manager Ken Williams told the Tribune in an e-mail.

What could go wrong? Ozzie has been handling Oney less than masterfully… Remember the Guillen-Ordonez fight? Could we have more fireworks?

UPDATE: JJ has a good post about it.

UPDATE #2: Kenny also addressed Bobby’s remarks:

“Not only do I disagree with Bobby’s assessments, I condemn them for being non-factual and the reckless spirit they represent,” Williams said. “The White Sox organization appreciates Bobby’s efforts while he was here, and we wish him well. But if he pauses to reflect on the many hours of conversation and examples of support we have shown over the years, it is my hope he realizes he owes Ozzie Guillen an apology.”

December 28, 2010

Bobby Jenks wants a manager who knows how to run a bullpen

Merkin @ CWS:

“I’ll always respect [Guillen] as a person and give him credit that’s due,” Jenks said. “But I want to play for a manager who trusts his relievers, regardless of what’s going on.

“With the way Ozzie was talking this winter and the way he treated me, I don’t want to fight with the guy. How many times did he question my ability, and then saying how he would love to have me back, but I would have to come to Spring Training and fight for the closer’s role like anyone else?

“Why would I come back to that negativity?” Jenks said. “I’m looking forward to playing for a manager who knows how to run a bullpen.”


According to Jenks, the White Sox offered two years at $10 million after the Winter Meetings and the team then asked for an answer on the morning before the initial agreement was reached with Crain. The White Sox source said the organization spoke with Jenks’ agent before Crain was signed, but no offer was made. It simply was a conversation about expectations.

Other teams besides Boston had interest. Jenks listed those opportunities from closing for Tampa Bay to starting — yes, starting — for the Texas Rangers. Jenks was a starter for five Minor League seasons with the Angels before being converted to the bullpen when joining the White Sox.

UPDATE: Seems Oney Guilen, Ozzie Guillen’s son, didn’t like Jenks’ comments.

April 2, 2010

Kenny Williams hoping to unload Scott Linebrink?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ April 2, 2010 12:57 pm
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Linebrink had a bad spring, following a bad 2010, which followed a bad second half in ’09. Sources indicated that Williams was working the phones (standing by them, really) in hopes that the Cubs or another team desperate for a bullpen veteran would take him off the White Sox’s hands, even if the Sox had to eat some of the contract. The trade didn’t happen and the Sox decided against releasing Linebrink. The hope is he’ll pitch well enough to create some value, at which point he can be off-loaded.

BTW, Oney Guillen doesn’t approve of Greg Aquino not making the team while Jayson Nix does:

Aquino should have been on the team to protect other guys. Nix sevres no purpose. He aint gonna pinch hit fr anyone or [be used as a] defense replacement.

March 20, 2010

Kenny pissed off with the internets

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 20, 2010 2:42 pm
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Here’s Kenny:

“At this point, I’ll be honest with you. There’s a lot to do around here.”

Williams was referring to the large number of players in major and minor league camps and that “people have to come to me with Twitter updates and blog updates, websites. I don’t even understand that kind of stuff because I got a lot of stuff on my plate.”

More Kenny:

“We’re in spring training,” Williams said Saturday afternoon in his box overlooking home plate at Camelback Ranch. “And I’m in mid-game addressing something that I asked everyone (a) couple weeks ago to spare me – which is the talk of blogs, these radio shows, these Twitters and Web sites and all of that.

“I don’t have time to deal with any of that crap. I care about putting this team together and getting these guys ready to play a championship season. That’s all I care about. The other peripheral things – I don’t have time.”

March 19, 2010

Oney Guillen resigns

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ March 19, 2010 10:02 pm
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It started Friday morning with Oney Guillen, the middle son of the three and an employee of the Sox in the scouting and video end of things, being called into the principal’s office for his Twitter account. According to an Oney Tweet on Wednesday, the Sox had been monitoring what he says, and weren’t exactly pleased with it.

Oney wrote, “I love it how people are monitoring my tweets like I’m someone important. Everyone is entitled to there[sic] own opinion.”

According to a source, Williams wanted Oney to stop twittering or at least tone it down. Rather than get into a back and forth, Oney then made the decision to simply resign. The source did say that things were heated, however.

Obvious, by what was later tweeted by Oney throughout the day:

“Remember this day march 19 2010. Mark my words” and then “I hope the dorks aren’t running the organization or else were f—–. 3 geeks who never played baseball a day in there life telling experts what to do”

After the loss to the Cubs, the drama continued, as Williams had a lengthy conversation with Guillen’s wife, Ibis, outside the facility. Meanwhile, Ozzie Guillen sent a tweet out that read: “Hey kid we are behind you. No matter what” …

Phil Rogers joins Cowley’s stocking of the fire while Scot Gregor predicts a Sox tweet ban.

Oney: “The Guillen family just got screwed over or [bleeped] … but don’t worry, we have our own way of handling this.”

UPDATE: Gonzales:

Manager Ozzie Guillen said he told his son Oney to resign Friday from his video job after the White Sox raised questions about the blunt nature of his Twitter account. Guillen said Saturday morning his son made a mistake but added that it was time to move on and talk about the prospects of the club, feeling the Twitter incidents shifted the focus away. …

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