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Kenny Williams: "I am growing weary of the soap opera"

Jun 10, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

I’m not sure what it is about the White Sox brain trust that leads to all of the high drama, but everything that goes on in Chisox land is, like Williams told MLB.com’s Scott Merkin yesterday, a soap opera.  People are always talking about their feelings. More time it spent talking in vague terms about relationship dynamics and almost no time is spent talking about, you know, baseball.  Did Ozzie screw up the lineup? Did Kenny make a bad deal? Who knows!  It’s all about whether everyone is getting along.

Maybe less soap opera than reality show. Indeed, Merkin’s article is like a “Real World” confessional or something.  Williams goes on and on about self-assessment and relationship maintenance.  Jerry Resinsdorf talks about how Oney Guillen “had to make a decision to keep mouthing off or keep working here.”  Ozzie says “Kenny has a right to think whatever he thinks.”  All that’s missing is a shot before the commercial break of Ozzie, Kenny, and Jerry standing with their backs to each other, frustration evident on their faces, little show title logo appearing in the bottom corner. It’s a fascinating piece for what it is, but I never cease to be amazed at how little Kenny Williams is ever quoted about baseball decisions. It’s always about how he’s getting along with anyone.

The takeaway, though: I think Kenny Williams will quit before anyone is fired, and probably no later than the end of the year. There’s surprisingly little heat on Ozzie Guillen for how bad this team is doing. I say surprisingly, because it seemed pretty clear in the offseason that Guillen was strongly suggesting a lot of the roster moves like letting Jim Thome go and stuff. Obviously not the team’s biggest problem, but it seemed like the 2010 Sox were authored more by Guillen than Williams. But of course Guillen is a favorite of Jerry Reinsdorf, so maybe that explains a lot of it.

Either way, Williams sounds like he’s about had it.  Not sure I can blame him. The South Side is full of so much . . . drama.

  1. ryandevilhorns - Jun 10, 2010 at 4:58 PM

    Move up north. No drama there.

  2. ecp - Jun 10, 2010 at 5:08 PM

    Perhaps they are rehearsing for their REAL reality show, “The Club,” coming soon to the MLB Network!

  3. YANKEES1996 - Jun 11, 2010 at 1:55 PM

    You’re the leading actor in the soap opera, you idiot!

  4. Fat Ted - Jun 11, 2010 at 1:59 PM

    Well then Williams will be a good GM for whoever next hires him. He should quit sooner rather than later so he can get another better job.

  5. the suits - Jun 11, 2010 at 8:58 PM

    Jerry Reinsdorf loves Kenny as if he were family. That way of thinking can also “blind” an owner to the reality of what Kenny is putting on the field.
    The choices Kenny makes are often personal and as a result Kenny’s choices are not qualified for the team that the manager wants, but is stuck with.
    Being overly-protective of an employee gets you nowhere. Obviously.
    Start your changes right there with the GM. No matter how much it hurts.

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