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White Sox GM Kenny Williams has “heated exchange” with hitting coach Greg Walker

Sep 3, 2011, 9:48 AM EST

Kenny Williams

All is not well in White Sox land.

Amid a report last week that the relationship between Kenny Williams and Ozzie Guillen is “beyond repair,” Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that the White Sox GM recently had a “heated exchange” with hitting coach Greg Walker.

Williams told reporters last month that he preferred the swing second baseman Gordon Beckham had when he was first drafted out of the University of Georgia in the first round of the 2008 draft as opposed to the one he has now. Walker took it personally. The two exchanged in the tunnel at U.S. Cellular Field, which led Williams to tell Walker to clean out his locker. The situation was resolved by White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf.

“I’d rather not comment on it,’’ Walker told the Sun-Times on ­Friday. “What goes on in our clubhouse stays in our clubhouse. It’s been a very frustrating year for a lot of people.’’

It’s tough to blame the hitting coach for the failures of Beckham, Adam Dunn and Alex Rios, but the White Sox enter play Saturday ranked 11th in the league in OPS and 12th in runs scored. None of the White Sox coaches are signed beyond this season and Van Schouwen reports that most of them are confident they will not return.

The White Sox lost 8-1 to the Tigers last night and now 6 1/2 games back in the American League Central.

  1. proudlycanadian - Sep 3, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    Something isn’t working and it is quite clear that changes have to be made.

  2. TestSubjekt - Sep 3, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    I’d clean house and that includes Kenny Williams.

  3. Gordon - Sep 3, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    Build a friggin’ farm system! Stop signing &/or trading for washed up players!

    Get rid of Williams, Guillen & Walker. Keep Coop & Cora. It’s high time they start acting like a “professional” baseball team.

    • Old Gator - Sep 3, 2011 at 11:47 AM

      I agree, except for Guillen. It is so important to have continuity in an organization. Williams clearly has to go so that Slob…er, pardon me, so that Ozzie can stop looking over his shoulder and concentrate on matters on the field. With the security of knowing that the organization is solidly behind him, the idi…heh, sorry, the instinctive baseball genius that is Ozzie can restore the Sox to their glory days.

  4. ditto65 - Sep 3, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    Controlled Chaos only works for so long in management. It adds energy and individual motivation, but eventually becomes draining and hostile from the most petty levels up to the very structure of the organization.

  5. jwbiii - Sep 3, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    When you fire an employee and your boss overrules you, it’s time for you to pack.

  6. tashkalucy - Sep 3, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    I’m not a Sox fan or Sox hater.

    But from where I sit the thing is a mess.

    Ozzie thinks he’s baseballs answer to Charles Barkley, but he doesn’t comprehend that he’s a manager and not a TC Commentator. The guy’s not a very good manager, and one has to wonder where his priorities are when he still has a year remaining on his contract and in late August as the pennant race is heading into the stretch run he’s politicking for a new contract instead of concentrating on getting his players up for pennant race.

    The GM hasn’t made a decent trade since he stole Danks. The roster is a hodge-podge of players.

    They have a great pitching coach, but the rest of the coaches are questionable.

    Not only is the Beckham thing a mystery, but then Rameriz moved to SS he too looked like a future star.

    I do believe that Ozzie would be better with the Marlins and that LaRussa is in a mess in St. Louis, so he should be finishing his career back where it started. Whether Tony can work with Kenny Williams or needs to bring in his own GM is at issue.

    Jerry Reinsdorf may remain loyal to “his people”, but someone that has his ear needs to tell him that this era of Sox baseball is over, and it’s time to move on.

  7. brianbowman16 - Sep 4, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    During the offseason, I remember Kenny being in the press stating that they were trying to decide whether to let Konerko go and basically blow the whole thing up and start getting ALOT younger, then Reinsdorf gave him the money for Konerko and Dunn.

    sure looks like they shoulda zigged when they decided to zag

    Now as an AVOWED White Sox hater (i’m a 30 year Tigers fan that lives in Detroit) i absolutely LOVE the chaos in that organization, however i am also a BASEBALL fan. I WANT them to figure this stuff out because as much as i hate them, when they are good, we have some EPIC games with them and i am all for that.

    Sign Ozzie to a ten year contract because as much as people run their mouth about him (not like he doesn’t give it right back) the man respects the game and it kills me to say this in front of people, he IS a pretty good manager.

    Ozzie makes this rivalry fun, Kenny makes it uncomfortable.

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