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The White Sox retain their entire coaching staff but put their players on notice

Sep 24, 2009, 9:55 AM EDT

Kenny Williams is keeping things level going forward by re-signing the entire White Sox staff through 2011.  Which makes perfect sense to me, no matter how much of a bummer 2009 ended up being for the Sox. As Williams said, “at the end of the day, it’s the players that make you look smart or make you look dumb, and right now we’re all not looking too smart.”   

But while Williams is unwilling to make scapegoats out of his coaches, he’s got no problem with throwing his players under the bus:

”I know who’s quit and who hasn’t, who’s willing to sacrifice. It’s hard to win. Winning and success, whether it be baseball or any other facet of life, if you are not willing to sacrifice, you’re not willing to put in the work, you’re not going to be successful. You’re just not. … If you are not willing to do that, I can’t have you here and I will send you to a better place for you.”

Williams wouldn’t name the alleged quitters’ names, but did say “I am certainly looking at it very hard and see who is willing to make the sacrifice to win.”

The fact is, the failure of players to “sacrifice” is not the White Sox’ problem. The guys they have are basically performing as you’d expect them to perform. The problem is that they simply don’t have a ton of good players, and no real superstars to speak of.

Usually, the blame for a lack of good players falls on the general manager.  Rather than own up to that, Williams is trying to turn the White Sox 2009 story into one in which his team, or at least part of it, quit.  Maybe a diehard southsider has a different opinion, but my take of the Sox this year doesn’t bear Williams’ view out at all. 

  1. IndianaJones - Sep 24, 2009 at 10:14 AM

    KW won’t come out and publicly admit that he already planned for the 2010 season with the Peavy trade. Peavy being injured and trading thier 5 starter taxed the Bullpen. but the rotation is set up with 4 pretty good starters for next year. (Burlie,Peavy,Danks,Floyd.) Beckham, Getz and Ramierez should be better next year also. that said, the Sox bullpen is a disaster and thier defense is atrocious. The White Sox also were terrible at scoring runners from 2nd and 3rd. these thigs will have to change if the Sox are to relevant in 2010.

  2. GBS - Sep 24, 2009 at 2:09 PM

    Didn’t Williams “quit” when he traded Thome and Contreras? Wasn’t that essentially throwing in the towel on the season? Weren’t the deals for Peavy and Rios more about 2010 and beyond, and not 2009?

  3. Aaron W. - Sep 24, 2009 at 6:25 PM

    At what point does calling your team a bunch of losers become a bad idea? I think it’s fair to say that the Sox are there, and there’s probably going to be more years like this one before it all gets better.

  4. SHOES INSOLES - Jan 6, 2010 at 12:41 PM

    Hello, cheers for this excellent article, a really great beginning for the 2010, keep up the wonderful work, Brenda.

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