Monday, August 10, 2009
MLB looking into Guillen comments
Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen may have wanted to draw the attention of opponents by threatening to retaliate if his players get hit by a pitch, but he also garnered the interest of Major League Baseball.
The league is looking into comments Guillen made on Sunday about retaliation, according to an MLB source.
Paul Konerko, Gordon Beckham and Scott Podsednik were hit by pitches by the Cleveland Indians during the Sox's 8-5 win on Saturday.
Guillen pointed out he didn't think the Indians were throwing at his players, but he is frustrated by his players getting hit. The Sox have been hit 44 times this season, which is the fifth-highest total in the majors.
Guillen said Monday before his team's game against the Mariners he hasn't heard from league officials, nor does he expect to, because nothing had happened yet on the field.
"I can say whatever I want to say -- as long as I'm not saying it about them," the outspoken manager said.
On Saturday, Guillen said he didn't care if he gets suspended for retaliating.
"[On Saturday] I get upset, they hit one guy and they throw in into another guy," Guillen said on Sunday. "I got upset.
"I know for a fact they're not throwing at nobody, but enough is enough. I have Konerko bruised all over the place. Around the league, be careful because we're going to hit people. I don't care if I get suspended because I need to protect my players.
"When we went to Cleveland, they hit two guys, not on purpose, but someone can get hurt out there. You can pitch in, but if you don't know how, don't do it. It gets to the point when they hit us seven times, 20 times in one week, and we hit one and they're the headhunters and that's a [problem] with Major League Baseball."
Guillen warned that if one of his players gets hit, and he believes it was on purpose, the opposing team will pay a stiff price.
"If I see someone hit my player, and I know they hit him on purpose, it's two guys going down," Guillen said. "I don't care if I get suspended. I rather have me suspended for two games than have my players on the DL for 30 days."
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.