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Ozzie Guillen is very worked up about the White Sox's strikeouts

Apr 9, 2010, 11:43 AM EDT

Through three games the White Sox’s offense has scored 12 runs while batting .154, and manager Ozzie Guillen is already threatening changes after the lineup combined for 12 strikeouts last night:

When we built this club, I didn’t want people to strike out, and we did too much. If they continue to strike out like that, then we find another approach. With the ball club we have, we can’t be striking out like that. … And they can say whatever they want to say–good pitching, cold weather, whatever it is. Too many strikeouts.



When you talk about this ball club, we can’t have the luxury to strike out with people on base. I think this ball club, we have to put the ball more in play, make things happen. … I’ve seen so many strikeouts with people on base. I know it’s the third game of the season and I know it’s cold, but we had too many strikeouts.

Fair enough, Ozzie, but what do you think of all the strikeouts?
Certainly no manager likes it when his team strikes out a dozen times in one game–and particularly a manager who had one of the lowest strikeout rates in baseball when he was a player–but the White Sox had a total of just six strikeouts in the first two games, have the fourth-fewest strikeouts in the league overall this season, and are actually the only team in the league with more walks than strikeouts right now.
In other words, imagine how worked up Guillen will get if the White Sox actually do start striking out a lot. Incidentally, when Guillen and the White Sox won the World Series in 2005 they had the sixth-most strikeouts in the league.

  1. ecp - Apr 9, 2010 at 12:10 PM

    The White Sox should have thought of this BEFORE trading for Mark Teahen.

  2. Jimmy P - Apr 9, 2010 at 12:25 PM

    Is this really that shocking? Stock the team full of bad hitters and you’re going to have a bad offense.

  3. BCTF - Apr 9, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    Great news for Ozzie, the pale hose are facing Liriano tonight. He has been a strikeout machine this spring.

  4. K - Apr 9, 2010 at 2:08 PM

    Hey Aaron, if you watched any of the White Sox games last season you’d know what he’s talking about. Countless strikeouts have come with a guy on 3rd with 0 or 1 outs.

  5. Adam - Apr 9, 2010 at 5:12 PM

    God I love the picture you put with this article, the man is almost a caricature of himself.

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