Tag:Jerry Reinsdorf
Posted on: May 4, 2011 4:30 pm
Edited on: May 4, 2011 6:15 pm
 

Guillen: 'I say we suck'

Ozzie Guillen

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Oh you Ozzie Guillen...

There are some days I'd love to cover the Chicago White Sox and some days I know I'd hate it. The thing is when you cover someone like Guillen, you can never take time off because you don't know what he may say -- and you'll be expected to have it. I've covered those types before, and it's great most days because they can make your job easy, but on certain days they make your job hard.

Today? Well, if you're good at transcribing, Ozzie made the job pretty easy.

Doug Padilla of ESPNChicago.com did a nice job of giving the highlights from Guillen 16-minute pregame meeting with the media (and keep in mind this was before losing 3-2 to the Twins on Wednesday to fall to 11-21 and have lost 18 of their last 23).

• On the team heading west: "Well, I was looking for the trip for the first time in my career. At least it's going to be like 2 o'clock in the morning here so if we play bad, people don't have to watch us."

• On coaches and managers getting the blame for poor play: "It's how it has been for 100 years. Players play bad, coaches pay. Players play good, they get their raise in salary. Like I said, coaches in the big leagues they win championships, they get maybe $10,000 raise. Players win championships and they get maybe $16 or $20 million raise."

• On the attention on the White Sox's troubles: "Every time people say I don't know what's wrong with the White Sox, I say the same thing: 'Me neither.' I wish I could figure it out. We've tried to figure out, yes. Maybe we try too much. Maybe we should let them go out and play the game. Take batting practice, we don't hit, we hit early, we don't hit early. We do everything everyone else does. We're not clicking."

• On the team psychiatrist: "Nothing against the guy, I respect him because this guy went to school. He helps us. But I think right now the players like everything, it's an excuse. Hey, take it like me. I say we suck. They say I should get fired, I don't give a [expletive]. Why? Because that's the way it is."

• If Jerry Reinsdorf has talked to him about his job status: "At this point, I don't trust anyone. You think Jerry come to me and say, 'We might fire you?' What do you think I'm going to say, no? Hey man, you got a lot of reasons to do it. How many games have we lost?"

Go read the rest of the link, not only because Doug did all the transcribing (and trust me, with something like this and with Guillen, that's no small feat), but also because there are some other good Guillen rants in there -- I particularly like the one about hitting coach Greg Walker needing a psychiatrist.

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Posted on: March 17, 2011 10:50 am
Edited on: March 17, 2011 1:50 pm
 

Pepper: Chavez was on Hall of Fame path

Chavez

Eric Chavez was once headed to the Hall of Fame.

At least, that's what Athletics GM Billy Beane believes.

"If you take a look at those seasons, understand that he was just 26 and extrapolate it to a 12-, 13-year career, you are talking about a guy who is going to end up with 400 or so homers and 10-12 Gold Gloves," Beane said.

Up through the 2004 season, Chavez was one of the better young third basemen in the game with three Gold Gloves on his resume along with a career .277/.354/.502 line with 163 home runs in 3,507 plate appearances -- posting a career-high 29 home runs in 2004 despite playing in 125 games. Chavez was extremely durable at the time, appearing in over 150 games from 2000-03 and would hit 160 games played in 2005. Beane studied data that showed players who hit the majors early and produced (such as Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter) would go on to have a long career.

Thus, Beane inked Chavez to a six-year, $66 million deal and eschewed long-term deals for Miguel Tejada or, later, Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder and Barry Zito

"Up to that point, he had been very healthy," Beane said. "And if you take away the injuries, he would have been in the conversation [for the Hall of Fame]."

Now, Chavez is looking to extend his career at age 33, a shell of his former self and one who had to turn down more playing time with the Dodgers for fear that his body wouldn't hold up. He is currently on track to make the Yankees' roster as a bench player. (New York Post)

White Sox PICK WINNING: ChiSox owner Jerry Reinsdorf revealed that Chicago chose to spend money in free agency rather than rebuild. "We just could not see where the players we would have remaining were going to bring us the talent we needed to get better in 2012,"  Reinsdorf said. "So that just left us looking into what do we have to do to get better than Minnesota." (ChicagoBreakingSports.com)

I'LL STAY, THANK YOU: It's not often you hear of a star indicating he wants to stay in Kansas City, but that's exactly what 26-year-old Joakim Soria wants to do. Even the prospect of a brutal 2011 doesn't faze him, with the closer indicating he believes in what the Royals have done so far and sees a bright future. The Royals, for their part, have no interest in trading a player expected to be a linchpin of the next contending K.C. club. (Kansas City Star)

A MAN AMONG BOYS: Joe Posnanski spins a story of the best offensive players on a World Series team, and it isn't close. George Brett tallied up 8.0 wins above replacement for the 1985 Royals, with the offense as a whole contributing 8.9 WAR. Also: Should Brett have won 4 MVPs instead of one? (Joe Blogs)

MUSIC TO BASEBALL'S EARS: Check out this really cool picture (and video, if so inclined) by a musician in the National Symphony Orchestra. What's cool about it? The musician is playing a violin made out of a baseball bat. (Fangraphs.com)

SNEAK PEEK? This season, the Tucson Padres will adorn what may eventually be the San Diego Padres' uniforms. The Padres president indicated in the past that the club may go to a more retro feel in the future, which Tucson certainly has while keeping San Diego's current color scheme. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

BE REAL: That's what Dusty Baker says in an interview, Esquire-style. A great look into the mind of one of baseball's more successful managers of the past two decades. (Cincinnati Enquirer)

TEN MORE YEARS IN PALM BEACH: A deal has been reached that could keep the Marlins and Cardinals in Palm Beach, Fla. for the next 10 years provided the spring training stadium is upgraded. Both teams can opt out of the agreement in 2017 if less than four teams remain in Southeast Florida, which would complicate travel. (South Florida Sun-Sentinel)

HERE TODAY, GONE TOMORROW: The Royals' reassigned top prospects Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas to minor league camp in order to get at-bats and turn the focus at the major-league level toward getting Mike Aviles, Wilson Betemit and Kila Ka'aihue ready for opening day. (MLB.com)

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Posted on: November 17, 2010 10:53 am
 

Reinsdorf confims Guillen story

Jerry Reinsdorf
It sounded outlandish three weeks ago when the Chicago Sun-Times reported that the White Sox had been willing to let manager Ozzie Guillen bolt for the Florida Marlins -- in exchange for outfielder Mike Stanton.

Turns out it was true. Partially. White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf has confirmed to the Sun-Times that such a scenario was in place, though he said Stanton was not the player he asked for. Reinsdorf also indicated he had no expectation that the Marlins would take him up on the offer.

"The Marlins asked for permission to talk to Ozzie, and we told them we'd let Ozzie go if they gave us a particular player," Reinsdorf said. "But we knew they couldn't give us the player."

If it wasn't Stanton, the 21-year-old power hitter, speculation is that it was fellow rookie outfielder Logan Morrison -- arguably just as steep a price to pay for a manager.

''We were never going to let Ozzie go, but if they would have given us this particular player, I would have let anybody go. ... Everybody is available at a price. The only player I had that wasn't available was Michael Jordan,'' said Reinsdorf, who is also the owner of the Chicago Bulls.

Reinsdorf also denied numerous reports that the contentious (and that's an understatement) relationship between Guillen and general manager Kenny Williams reached the point where both asked the owner to choose between them.

"That doesn't mean they'll both be here the same length of time, though," Reinsdorf said. "But I don't ever see a situation where either one of them says 'It's me or him.'"

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: August 24, 2010 6:47 pm
 

White Sox not hiding interest in Ramirez

The White Sox aren't backing down from rumors that they plan on putting in a claim on Manny Ramirez when the Dodgers do put him on waivers.

The Chicago Sun-Times ' Joe Cowley has been tweeting up a storm with comments from Chicago general manager Kenny Williams and manager Ozzie Guillen.

Kenny Williams From Williams: "Well, if I spoke on that … it's a violation of tampering rules and it's very clear and prohibited for me to speak on another player on another team, so you have to speak in generalities all the time."

However, Williams didn't seem to be too vague about what his club was looking for leading up to Aug. 31.

"We can never have too much offense, just like we can never have too much pitching," Williams said.

When asked about the ability for the Sox to take on a big salary, Williams said, "Well, that's a Jerry Reinsdorf question that we will probably revisit if and when someone goes on the waiver wire that may get to us."

Guillen was asked if he wanted Ramirez and the response was classic Guillen, "I don't know. But I will have to say yes because Kenny will get him anyway."

Guillen also said this (via MLB.com's Scott Merkin on Twitter ): "If you give me Manny when he was with Boston, I take a limo to pick him up. But I haven't seen Manny in a long time. ... You talk to me about Manny and I didn't even see Manny in spring training and we played against him every day."

The fact that Ramirez is owed a total of more than $4 million allows the White Sox to be so open in their desire in the usually super-secret world of waivers.

The Tigers would be the most likely to try to block Chicago, but that pricetag is likely too much. And even though Johnny Damon thinks the team is still in the race, the numbers and the fact he had to turn down a trade show others believe otherwise. Ramirez's defense and inability to stay healthy make him unlikely to be picked up by a National League club. Two executives from two different National League clubs told CBSSports.com on Monday that they didn't expect a National League team to claim him.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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