ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – For now, Orlando Cabrera has been forgiven by teammates and his manager, but not forgotten.
May 2008 Archives
CLEVELAND – General manager Ken Williams on the Orlando Cabrera situation:
“Am I aware of some of the stuff that has been going on with Cabrera? Yes. I also know it has been addressed to him face-to-face. The one thing Mr. Cabrera needs to know about Ozzie is he has faults and his No. 1 fault is that he protects his players too much. If Orlando doesn’t understand that, he needs to talk to his neighbors.’’
CLEVELAND - While manager Ozzie Guillen often points out that “it’s how you play in September, not May,’’ he has to like the fact that his team was in first place on Memorial Day.
Since the current three-division and wild card formats were utilized in 1995, 64.6 percent of teams in first place on Memorial Day have made the postseason. The last time the Sox were in first place on Memorial Day was the 2005 World Series run.
While most of baseball is either surprised by the White Sox or waiting for the bottom to fall out, general manager Ken Williams, well, he isn’t the least bit shocked with what the standings show right now.
SAN FRANCISCO – The Sox announced before the game with the Giants on Friday that they terminated the employment of three members of the club’s Latin American scouting staff, including Senior Director of Player Personnel, David Wilder.
Full-time scout Victor Mateo and part-time scout Domingo Toribio were dismissed for actions in Latin America that were violations of club policy and standards.
The terminations resulted from findings of a two-month investigation conducted by MLB’s Department of Investigations. The investigation has now been turned over to Federal authorities.
ANAHEIM, Calif. – White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski sat down and talked with the Chicago beat writers on Thursday about his return to San Francisco for this weekend’s three-game series.
What you need to know is Pierzynski’s one-year there was a miserable one, and that will be detailed in the main story. Here’s what didn’t get in, however.
ANAHEIM, Calif. – Ozzie Guillen didn’t know what Wednesday would bring for yet another new-look lineup, but at this point he might as well pick names out of a hat.
ANAHEIM, Calif. – Former Sox pitcher Jon Garland has never been a big fan of the media, so when he found out about “Dollgate’’ last week, and the fact that it was reported that the White Sox had two blow-up dolls set up in the Toronto visiting clubhouse, well, it was just another opportunity for him to speak his mind.
SEATTLE - In attempt to do something nice for charity, as well as honor Breast Cancer Awareness day on Sunday, Bobby Jenks, John Danks, Toby Hall and Nick Swisher had their facial hair dyed pink at home last week.
The feeling after Monday’s 1-0 heartbreaker was that changes were coming for at least one roster spot, possibly two, by the time the team takes the field for Tuesday’s game with the Twins. This could be the end for Juan Uribe.
TORONTO – I would like to fully describe to you the latest slump-busting attempt by the White Sox players, but I’m still not quite sure what I saw.
TORONTO – The final word in any - and all - coaching changes belongs to manager Ozzie Guillen. And the fifth-year skipper made it very clear on Saturday that the villagers should put down the torches and go back to their homes, because hitting coach Greg Walker’s job security is alive and well.
TORONTO – No one is saying that outfielder Jerry Owens can play savior, but he does bring a certain energy and swagger to the top of the lineup. Two things that have left the White Sox the last few weeks.