Is it love? Guillen gives Williams huge compliment

September, 15, 2011
9/15/11
7:41
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Padilla By Doug Padilla
ESPNChicago.com
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Ozzie Guillen might have his differences with Kenny Williams, but it didn’t stop the Chicago White Sox manager from giving the team’s general manager a major compliment.

Guillen was asked about a report that Williams has been assured he will be back next season despite the team’s poor play.

“I don’t see why not, he did a good job,” Guillen said. “One thing about it -- all the people in Chicago, they’re going to blame Kenny. I remember when we made this club, everybody was excited. Don’t turn your back on the man. Don’t do that.”

The compliment might have also been Guillen’s way of saying that while he has his differences with Williams personally, those issues don’t extend to decisions the duo make when it comes to the team.

Already, Williams has said that when it comes to the blame for this season he is the one to look at. Guillen has been doing the same, putting the blame of a disappointing season on his shoulders. His latest attempt came before Thursday’s game against the Royals.

“I think they gave me a good club to manage,” Guillen said. “We don’t play well? Yes. And we have to blame who, pitchers, catchers, hitters? No, No. Blame the team, but I’m the one running this club. But don’t turn on Kenny. People in Chicago, don’t do that.

“I remember in spring training, people were very excited about this ball club. Why are we going to turn on a guy now when he’s supposed to do what we’re supposed to do? Don’t turn on Kenny and [chairman] Jerry [Reinsdorf]. People should at least say thank you to Kenny and Jerry. Put the money out there and bring the players.”

If Guillen has issues with Williams, a major one, at least, it doesn’t seem to have anything to do with bringing aboard a power hitter like Adam Dunn, who strikes out a lot, instead of going for speed and versatility.

“I know how hard it was to put this club together … convincing the big guy [Reinsdorf],” Guillen said. “Then don’t blame Kenny. Can he come back? I think Kenny is doing a good job. I think since I worked here, I don’t say he’s a bad general manager. I think he’s deserved and earned it. That’s Jerry’s call.”

Doug Padilla

Chicago White Sox beat reporter
Doug joined ESPN Chicago in July 2010 and covers the Chicago White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.

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