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August 30, 2011

In which Ozzie Guillen wants a contract extension but is reluctant to ask for it

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 30, 2011 10:30 pm
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Scott Merkin has Ozzie Guillen’s comments:

“One thing I want to make clear, I don’t think I’m going to be back here for a one-year contract, and I don’t know what to do next year,” said Guillen during Tuesday’s pregame media session. “Eight years with this organization, I’m guessing I do a pretty good job. No, not me, I think the players did it for me, and I think we deserve more than that. But I will have another contract somewhere, doing something in baseball.

“If [White Sox chairman] Jerry [Reinsdorf] wants me back, I’m more than happy to be back. If he’s not, nothing’s going to change. Obviously, I’m going to be sad, because I’d leave the town and the team I love.”

What does Kenny Williams have to say?

“Winning takes care of a lot of things. I might even get an extension if we win,” said Williams. “I have no desire to enter into discussions about these types of things and make anything definitive, because it takes away from what’s happening on the field. If I’m asked that question one more time, I’m going to throw up.

“I’ve got to sit down with Jerry at the end of the season. At this point in time, we’re an underachieving club. So that means players, coaches, the manager and myself, we’re all under review. This is professional sports.

“Am I telling anybody anything you don’t know? But I’ve also said from the very beginning that all I want is the focus to be on the field and I would hope whenever the door is shown to us, maybe we walk out that door together. Everyone has an expiration date.”

So, will you ask the Sox for an extension Ozzie?

The 47-year-old former White Sox player said he has not had discussions on the matter with chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, and said that he isn’t prepared to knock on his door and discuss things in the next few days.”

After all this bad year, the last thing (Reinsdorf) wants to do is to talk to his manager about a new contract,” Guillen said. “I would be embarrassed to talk to him. I’d say, ‘Hey, I want a contract.’ The first think he can say is, ‘You want a new contract? Look at where you are right now.’ I don’t want to take that chance yet.”

Ideally, Guillen would like the matter resolved before he leaves on a vacation to Spain. He is scheduled to leave two days after the White Sox’s seasons ends, whether the year concludes Sept. 28, or the team makes the postseason.

This thing with Ozzie is getting tiresome. Shut up and try to win a freaking game Ozzie.

Brett Ballantini has a good post up on the whole situation:

“There is a sad, sad story unfolding on the South Side, one that, barring a strong September and a stirring run into the postseason, will change the Chicago White Sox as we’ve known them for the last eight seasons.” …

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August 25, 2011

White Sox awarded claim on Jason Kubel [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 25, 2011 3:30 pm
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Ken Rosenthal:

Twins designated hitter Jim Thome was claimed on waivers by the Cleveland Indians, while outfielder Jason Kubel was claimed by the Chicago White Sox, according to major-league sources.

The claims do not mean that either player will change teams. The Twins can trade Thome and/or Kubel. They also can keep one or both or allow one or both to leave on a claim.

Thome, who holds a full no-trade clause, and can reject any deal. He prefers the Phillies to the Indians, one source said, but it’s doubtful he could circumvent the waiver process to land with Philadelphia.

Kubel, meanwhile, is unlikely to be traded, sources said. The Twins likely would offer him arbitration in an attempt to re-sign him, and would want the equivalent of at least a high draft pick in return.

I give it 99.999% odds this is absolutely nothing. The Twinkies aren’t trading one of their players to us and Kenny won’t offer them anything in return. The solution is in AAA-Charlote, it won’t cost anything and goes by the name of Dayan Viciedo.

BTW, here’s J.J’s take on the situation.

UPDATE: It was the Indians and not the Sox the team that claimed Kubel tweets Ken Rosenthal.

August 24, 2011

Did the Sox place a waiver claim on Jim Thome? [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 24, 2011 12:05 am
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Schouwen @ CST:

A source said the Sox were one of several teams putting a claim in for Thome, whose mere presence in the clubhouse would be a plus. It wouldn’t hurt Dunn and those Sox who didn’t play with Thome in 2006-09 to watch the future Hall of Famer approach his every-day job and the designated hitter role.

What do you say Ozzie?

“I’d love to add Jim Thome back, to be honest with you,” said Guillen, who was looking for a more versatile designated hitter that also could play the field when Thome left for Minnesota in 2010. “A lot of people think I don’t want Jimmy. It was just at that time we didn’t have any place for him.”

Yeah, we had room for Mark Kotsay but not Jim Thome.

“But I have said day in and day out that Jimmy is one of my favorite guys in baseball. That’s up to [general manger] Kenny [Williams]. I don’t know if we’re going to have five DHs. I don’t expect him to be here, but if they want to bring him here, if you ask anybody wearing this uniform if they want Jim Thome back, everybody here would say yes. But that’s not our department.”

UPDATE: I forgot this last night the Sox may be blocking Cleveland from getting Thome. And we see today that they may have claimed another lefty: OF/DH Jason Kubel.

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August 20, 2011

What will Kenny Williams and Ozzie Guillen both do if Jerry Reinsdorf fires them?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 20, 2011 3:05 pm
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they both won’t stick around:

Guillen … agreed with Williams that he wouldn’t be nice enough to stick around for weeks after getting fired.

“Yeah, if [chairman] Jerry [Reinsdorf] fires me, I’m going golfing,’’ Williams said. “See you later. If you guys want to talk to me by phone, fine. But I’m out of here.”

August 19, 2011

Is Gordon Beckham heading to the bench?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 19, 2011 9:07 pm
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Gregor @ DH:

Gordon Beckham is probably heading to the bench after another brutal night at the plate.

The slumping second baseman was 0-for-4 with 2 strikeouts and he stranded seven baserunners.

“I talked to him before the game, and I worry about him because he’s chasing a lot of bad pitches,” Guillen said. “When you are a hitter and you chasing bad pitches, it’s like you are pitching and not throwing strikes. You will dig yourself a hole. You have to look for something.

“I know it’s not easy. I played this game before and went through it. I was swinging at everything in my career as a player, but I think he has to lay off the high fastball as soon as he can because he’s going to put himself in a deeper position.”

Kenny Williams likes the swing Beckham had at Georgia:

Nobody is more frustrated with his struggles at the plate than White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham, who is hitting just .238 and went 1-for-13 in his team’s previous three-game series against the Indians.Coming in a close second, however, might be general manager Kenny Williams and manager Ozzie Guillen — who both see Beckham falling victim to pitches out of the strike zone, particularly high ones.

Asked on Friday afternoon if it’s still too early in Beckham’s career to say he’s nearing a crossroads, Williams didn’t mince words.

“No, because with his current approach, I think they’re going to continue to expose his weakness,” Williams said. “As I’ve told him in the past, this is nothing he hasn’t heard from me in the past, I liked the swing coming out of the University of Georgia — the one that we saw when he first got here to the big leagues, where he was able to drive the ball and pound it into the right-center-field gap. And any high fastball, he could get on top if it with his top hand.”

Guillen was also quick to point out the pitches Beckham’s been swinging at are up in the zone.

“I think the only thing about Gordon is chasing bad pitches,” Guillen said. “He can’t lay off of the high ones, and the longer you do that, you’re going to be in the same situation.”

August 16, 2011

Eno Sarris talks about Ozzie Guillen’s Saber Bullpen

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 16, 2011 9:00 pm

Sarris @ FG:

The saber prescription for the bullpen seems clear: identify your best relievers based on their component skills and use them in the right matchups according to their handedness and arsenal. Ignore the inning and instead use your best pitcher in the highest leverage moment. Basically, have a relief ace who pitches in the most important moment in the game — and then find role players to fill in the blanks.

There’s some agreement that this would be an improvement over the current set-up man/closer plan. There might never have been a ‘pen that was truly run this way.

Well, until now. Check out Chicago’s South Side. …

I have a hunch that Don Cooper’s fingerprints are all over Ozzie’s bullpen decisions.

August 14, 2011

Will Kenny Williams try to trade for Logan Morrison? [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 14, 2011 4:00 pm
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Capozzi @ PBP:

[T]he Marlins made two moves that shocked the clubhouse Saturday night: They optioned left fielder Logan Morrison to the minors and released veteran infielder Wes Helms. Morrison said he was stunned by the news and suggested his demotion and Helms’ release had something to do with an off-field incident on which he refused to elaborate. “I’m heartbroken and I’m disappointed,’ Morrison said, his voice shaking. “I asked for an explanation and the one I got was I was hitting .240 I don’t know if that makes any sense to me or to you guys but. All I know is I go out and I give everything for this team. I play hurt, I play through injury and this is how you get treated. It doesn’t seem very fair or right to me.’ Morrison, who is batting .249 with 17 homers and 60 RBI, has been outspoken about moves the front office has made. Both he and Helms have been critical about teammate Hanley Ramirez …

Before the game, Morrison spent a good half hour sitting in the dugout talking to General Manager Mike Hill while the Giants took batting practice. “Right now I just feel resentment and anger,’ Morrison said after the game. “Stand up for what’s right and this happens.’ …

One team source believes the team the team is sending a message, “To me it’s a lesson, concentrate on the game and stop trying to be so funny.”

Remember last year the Sox wanted a Florida player for Ozzie Guillen? That player was rumored to be Logan Morrison.

And here are Morrison’s stats:

Standard Batting

2006 18 FLA-min Rk,A- 49 187 163 16 39 7 0 2 18 1 0 21 29 .239 .321 .319 .640 52 4 0 0 3 0 JUM,JAM · GULF,NYPL
2007 19 FLA-min A 128 513 453 71 121 22 2 24 86 2 2 48 96 .267 .343 .483 .827 219 8 7 0 5 5 GBO · SALL
2008 20 FLA-min A+ 130 555 488 71 162 38 1 13 74 9 3 57 80 .332 .402 .494 .896 241 11 4 0 6 6 JUP · FLOR
2009 21 FLA-min AA,A+ 82 355 289 48 80 19 2 8 49 9 5 64 48 .277 .408 .439 .848 127 5 1 0 1 5 JCK,JUP · SOUL,FLOR
2010 22 FLA-min AAA,A+ 73 314 259 39 81 19 6 6 47 1 2 48 38 .313 .424 .502 .925 130 6 4 0 3 4 NOR,JUP · PCL,FLOR
2010 22 FLA NL 62 287 244 43 69 20 7 2 18 0 1 41 51 .283 .390 .447 .837 123 109 4 2 0 0 0 7
2011 23 FLA-min A+ 3 13 10 2 2 0 0 1 3 0 0 3 4 .200 .385 .500 .885 5 1 0 0 0 0 JUP · FLOR
2011 23 FLA NL 95 410 362 40 90 21 3 17 60 2 1 39 80 .249 .327 .464 .791 114 168 6 5 0 4 1 *7/3D
2 Seasons 157 697 606 83 159 41 10 19 78 2 2 80 131 .262 .353 .457 .810 118 277 10 7 0 4 1
162 Game Avg. 162 719 625 86 164 42 10 20 80 2 2 83 135 .262 .353 .457 .810 118 286 10 7 0 4 1
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Generated 8/14/2011.

Advanced Batting

Year Age Tm Lg PA Outs RC RC/G AIR BAbip BA lgBA OBP lgOBP SLG lgSLG OPS lgOPS OPS+ OWn% BtRuns BtWins TotA SecA ISO PwrSpd
2010 22 FLA NL 287 180 45 6.7 105 .351 .283 .265 .390 .336 .447 .418 .837 .754 123 .666 9.4 0.9 .839 .328 .164 .0
2011 23 FLA NL 410 283 56 5.3 99 .271 .249 .261 .327 .329 .464 .405 .791 .734 114 .583 6.7 0.7 .763 .326 .215 3.6
2 Seasons 697 463 101 5.8 102 .304 .262 .263 .353 .332 .457 .410 .810 .742 118 .619 16.0 1.6 .793 .327 .195 3.6
162 Game Avg. 719 478 104 5.8 102 .304 .262 .263 .353 .332 .457 .410 .810 .742 118 .619 17 2 .793 .327 .195 4
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Generated 8/14/2011.

Ratio Batting

2010 22 FLA NL 287 0.7% 17.8% 14.3% 10.1% 42% 1.24 4.8 122.0 13.6 0.95 1.52 67% 21% 2.2% 9%
2011 23 FLA NL 410 4.2% 19.5% 9.5% 10.0% 46% 2.05 4.5 21.3 6.0 0.85 1.24 66% 21% 12.6% 13%
2 Seasons 697 2.7% 18.8% 11.5% 10.0% 44% 1.64 4.6 31.9 7.8 0.89 1.34 66% 21% 8.4% 11%
MLB Averages 2.4% 18.5% 8.4% 7.5% 33% 2.21 4.8 36.6 8.3 0.81 1.08 69% 19% 7.2% 13%
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Generated 8/14/2011.

Player Value

Year Age Tm Lg PA Rbat Rbaser Rroe Rdp Rfield Rpos Rrep RAR WAR oRAR oWAR dWAR Salary Pos Awards
2010 22 FLA NL 287 9 1 0 1 -6 -3 8 10 1.0 16 1.6 -0.6 $ 7
2011 23 FLA NL 410 7 -2 -0 1 -17 -5 11 -5 -0.5 12 1.3 -1.8 $ *7/3D
2 Seasons 697 16 -1 0 2 -23 -8 19 5 0.5 28 2.9 -2.4 $
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Generated 8/14/2011.

Win Probability

Year Age Tm Lg BtRuns BtWins Plays WPA WPA+ WPA- aLI WPA/LI Clutch RE24 REW boLI RE24/boLI PHlev AB
2010 22 FLA NL 8.9 0.9 296 1.1 4.8 -3.7 .82 1.4 -0.0 15.4 1.5 0.89 15.1 0
2011 23 FLA NL 6.7 0.7 419 1.2 8.2 -7.0 1.07 1.5 -0.3 10.2 1.0 1.03 8.4 2.45 1
2 Seasons 15.6 1.5 715 2.3 12.9 -10.7 .97 2.8 -0.5 25.6 2.5 0.98 23.6 2.45 1
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Generated 8/14/2011.

UPDATE: Morrison is considering filing a grievance:

Logan Morrison plans to consult the player’s union to see if he has any grounds for a grievance against the Marlins for optioning him late Saturday to Class AAA New Orleans.

“We are going to, with absolute certainty, explore this and contact the union and make sure Logan’s rights are protected,’’ said Fred Wray, Morrison’s agent. “It doesn’t seem like everything adds up here.’’

Hardball Talk’s Drew Silva:

But the fact that LoMo is upset enough to consider the action, and not comfortable enough to settle matters behind closed doors, tells you something about the crumbling relationship between player and management.

Other White Sox links:

August 5, 2011

A.J. Pierzynski and Gordon Beckham think the booing of Adam Dunn isn’t helping

Merkin @ BOG:

“I love Adam Dunn, on and off the field,” Pierzynski said. “Everyone’s been there. If you’ve ever played this game, you’ve struggled. This is not an easy game to play. It’s not something that you can go out there and say this or that and it works. It’s not football where you can get yelled and screamed it and it makes you play better. There’s only so much you can do. You’ve got to put the work in. He’s done that. He’s put the time in and he’s trying to make adjustments.”

Until those adjustments pay off in consistent offense, the boos will continue to cascade down upon Dunn’s broad shoulders at U.S. Cellular Field. Opposing pitchers will continue to target Dunn in potential game-changing situations, and the baseball nightmare will continue to be reality for the affable slugger. …

“It’s not easy when people don’t seem like they are behind you, and I know it’s tough on him,” Beckham said. “Obviously he wants to do well, we want him to do well. I definitely wouldn’t be taking it like he’s been able to. He’s been upbeat the whole time but it still hasn’t come for him. There’s still time and I believe there’s still time. If he can just get going for us in any capacity, we have a good chance to win.”

Other White Sox links:

August 3, 2011

White Sox scout Ozzie Guillen likes the NY Yankees approach at the plate

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 3, 2011 3:30 am
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Gonzales @ CT:

“They bring the right approach to the plate,” Guillen said after the Yankees collected 11 hits in seven innings and ran up John Danks’ pitch count to 114 after six innings. “They don’t swing at that many bad pitches. And they go with one plan and stick with it. It showed how good you can be.

“They fouled off a lot of pitches. They get you to work, they make you throw strikes and when they see a good pitch to hit, they’re hitting. Right now, the way they swing the bat as a team, you better be good to shut those guys down. It seems like they’re on every pitch. And they lay off tough pitches. Those guys lock in.”

If only the White Sox coach had the same opinion that Ozzie Guillen has…

Other White Sox links: James looks at ‘Why are the White Sox bad at the things they care about?’, J.J. looks at the Sox bullpen, FutureSox looks at July’s prospects of the month, Matt Thornton thinks he’s expandable unlike Chris Sale and Sergio Santos, and Dayan Viciedo made his return.

August 2, 2011

Ozzie Guillen talks about Adam Dunn troubles

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ August 2, 2011 11:30 pm
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Padillla @ ESPN:

“I don’t care how tough you are that has to bother him,” Guillen said. “If that doesn’t bother you that means you don’t care about the game. But he hasn’t changed since we got him. He’s the same guy. Maybe when he goes home he starts crying, but when he’s around us he’s very god. He’s stayed the same way.

“Obviously he gets upset around here but I don’t see any change. He’s the same guy since spring training. I don’t see any change with the character and I don’t see any change with the swing. He’s struggled since spring training. Hopefully he gets a couple of hits here and there and helps us to win a couple of games.”

July 28, 2011

Who would Ozzie Guillen bat leadoff if Juan Pierre isn’t playing?

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 28, 2011 6:30 pm
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Padilla @ ESPN chat:

Q: Do most teams have only one bonafide lead-off hitter? Seems like whenever Pierre slumps we have no one else to step in to give him a couple days off.

A: You are correct Chuck. Pierre is the only one. Ozzie said he put together some mock lineups in the event Viciedo came up and on the days Pierre sat, he went with Alexei in the leadoff spot. Not idea but the next best option.

In which Kenny Williams puts everyone ‘On Notice’

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 28, 2011 3:00 am
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From Kenny Williams’ comments after today’s trade:

On more trade opportunities:

… The other part of doing what we ended up doing today allowed us to get (Alejandro) De Aza in the lineup and in centerfield to afford Ozzie more than Rios has been giving us.  Rios is going to have to take a backseat now and we’re going to see if De Aza can give us a little bit of a spark and provide us with a way to manufacture some runs.”

On who to play, who to sit:

“Here’s what I told Ozzie: don’t worry about the size of the contracts, just worry about putting the players out there on a given day that can help you win.  The size of the contracts is not Ozzie’s problem, it’s not Jerry’s problem, it’s not the coaches’ problem, it’s my problem.  So, put the players on the field that can win and I don’t give a darn if one guy is making $400,000 and the other guy is making $12 million. I’m sending a message to everyone.”

Kenny continues:

“Throw the contracts and salaries aside. If we’ve got $20 [million] or $30 million sitting on the bench, then that’s a Kenny Williams problem. That’s not Ozzie’s problem. We’ll have pretty good pinch-hitters.”

Video of Kenny (2:16).

and Ozzie Guillen:

“We’ve talked about it maybe three times about how we feel about [Rios]. I don’t think you bring people [up] to push people to get better,” Guillen said. “I think you bring people [up] to make the ballclub better, and hopefully that move does that.”

Other White Sox links: James looks at the Edwin Jackson/Mark Teahen for Jason Frasor/Zach Stewart trade, and Kevin Goldstein tweets that he doesn’t like the aforementioned trade.

Sox scouting Rangers UPDATE: and Braves

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 28, 2011 12:10 am
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Gonzales @ CT:

The Rangers, who are looking for relief help and could settle for a left-hander such as Matt Thornton, had a scout follow the Sox in Detroit and Kansas City recently. One of the Sox’s top scouts was watching the Rangers on Tuesday.

Manager Ozzie Guillen doesn’t believe the Sox would add to their payroll.

“I think (Chairman) Jerry Reinsdorf’s broke now,” Guillen said.


An executive of one club predicted Tuesday that the Braves would wind up dealing for Josh Willingham. But for what it’s worth, the White Sox continue to scout Atlanta’s system, in case they decide to move Carlos Quentin.

July 23, 2011

Ozzie Guillen doesn’t like all the Dayan Viciedo talk

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 23, 2011 11:30 pm
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Padilla @ ESPN:

With Saturday’s rained out game against the Indians expected to be moved to September as part of a day-night doubleheader, Guillen was asked in jest if that means Viciedo will be there to help the cause.

“Well if Viciedo is going to be the White Sox’s savior we will be in deep [expletive] … and you can quote me on that,” Guillen said. “If we wait for [expletive] Viciedo to be the savior, we’re in deep [expletive] if we wait for a Triple-A kid to come here and be the savior.”

The Cuban has cooled off a bit at Triple-A Charlotte, but is still batting .307 with 16 home runs and 64 RBIs heading into play Saturday.

“Can he help? Yes,” Guillen said. “Is he going to be the savior? I like the talent we have here.”

“we will be in deep [expletive]”? we already are in deep [expletive]

Other White Sox links: James looks at the improvement in Gordon Beckham’s defense and Tyler Flowers filling the backup catcher position, J.J. looks at the lack of moves in the White Sox roster after Ozzie’s rant, and Mike looks at Ozzie Guillen’s frequent “lack of effort” rants.

July 21, 2011

White Sox scout Ozzie Guillen doesn’t like the White Sox approach at the plate

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ July 21, 2011 3:00 am
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Ballantini @ CSN (video):

“There’s nothing more painful than losing the f—— game against Bruce Chen once again,” Guillen spat. “F—— pathetic. [We had] no f—— energy. We just go through the motions. We take the day off today instead of tomorrow.”

“If we go to Cleveland [beginning on Friday] and play the way we did in Kansas City, it’s going to be a f—— long-ass, God—— July. Nothing against Bruce Chen, I have a lot of respect for this kid. But our approach at the plate, that’s not a good club out there. F— it. I’m tired of protecting people … I take my s— back, what I said in Detroit. I take it back. This thing about ‘one day at a time.’ One day we’re good, three days we’re bad. We don’t have energy in the dugout. [We had a] horses— approach at the plate for the 90th time.”

“F—. If we go to Cleveland the way we go [in Kansas City], good luck. We’re wasting our money on this club if we go to Cleveland the way we were here,” Guillen said. “That’s the team we’ve had all year long—that’s the club. [People think] I talk s— because I ‘have’ to talk s—. No, I don’t. I talk s— because of what I see. All I see is very bad. Nothing against Chen, nothing against the Kansas City pitching staff—they’re good. They’ve got a young ballclub.

“But the way we go about our business here [was] horses—. [The team] can say whatever they want to say. If we go to Cleveland that way, and [then] we’ve got to play New York, Boston and Detroit? Good luck.”

“Oh, and John Danks pitched well.”

If only the White Sox had Ozzie as their coach…

Other White Sox links: James says the White Sox are fixing the problems they don’t have because those are easier and links to many Sox-centric stories. The Brandon Allen video is depressing. colin looks at Gordon Beckham, Dan at FutureSox looks at Dayan Viciedo’s progress, and Ramon Castro will be out for 2-3 months, so Tyler Flowers will probably be with the Sox the rest of the year.

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