One of them has to go. It's time for White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf to step in and decide which.
The struggle between general manager Ken Williams and manager Ozzie Guillen was cute at first. Team Edward vs. Team Jacob.
It seems like only yesterday that Williams inexplicably threw the choice of signing or not signing Jim Thome into Guillen's lap at SoxFest -- in a public forum after Guillen thought the Sox already had decided to pass on the veteran slugger.
On Tuesday, there was very little debate about where the Guillen-Williams relationship has gone. First it was "Twitter-gate" and the resignation of Guillen's son Oney from the Sox organization in March, then Guillen and Williams rarely speaking, and now rock bottom -- ugly and embarrassing, and again personal because it involves family.
Guillen's youngest son, Ozney, was selected by the Sox in the 22nd round of the baseball amateur draft Tuesday.
Feel-good story? Try a slap in the face filled with conspiracy theory.
Some scouting agencies had Ozney projected as high as a fourth-round talent coming out of Monsignor Edward Pace High School in Florida.
After the pick was announced, Ozzie Guillen was asked if he thought Ozney would sign with the Sox or take the full baseball scholarship that awaits him at the University of South Florida.
"Nah, 22nd round?" Ozzie said. "I give my kid 50 grand just to go to school. I got 50 grand in my pocket to send my kid to go to Niketown. Or buy something. ...
"I don't know [what happened]. I really don't put my nose in that.
Surprised? Of course I'm surprised. I'm not worried about that. What happened, why? That's up to people who know why, but I'm not going to waste my time investigating or asking people what happened. I got a lot of things to worry about." So why the bad feelings?
At least one of the Guillens -- tweeting brother Oney -- made it clear why he thought Ozney slid.
"And u told people to stay awya (sic) from him. U would," Oney Guillen tweeted Tuesday, obviously accusing members of the Sox organization of trying to sabotage Ozney's draft placement.
Don't think the Guillens have missed the fact that Williams' son, Kenneth Williams Jr., was selected in the sixth round of the 2008 draft in what ESPN's Baseball Draft Insider Keith Law described as "the worst pick of the day." "[He] wasn't on most teams' draft boards, although two or three other teams appeared to have had him inside the 10th round," Law wrote of the younger Williams. "It is hard to imagine that he would have been their fifth-round pick if his name was Kenny Smith ..." The younger Williams has hit .114, .255 and .228 through his first three years in the Sox system.
Sox scouting director Doug Laumann was asked about Ozney's freefall and the Guillen family's disappointment.
"Well, you know, it's a little bit of everything, I would guess," Laumann said. "I have a son myself, and you are always wishing the best for your family and your kids. There's always going to be a level of disappointment regardless of where you go. I think Ozzie respects the job we do, and we certainly respect the job he does. We stacked them on the board the way they were supposed to be taken, and that's what we ended up doing." While the product on the field remains stagnant, the real problem is a relationship gone very bad. Big personalities like Guillen and Williams can only co-exist for so long.
That leaves it up to Reinsdorf, arguably one of the best owners in the game, to weigh who is more important. Williams has been an aggressive GM, but the Sox couldn't get over the top until Guillen was named manager.
It's a mess that needs cleaning. Choose wisely.