GM Kenny Williams on White Sox Stretch Run Needs

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With All-Star set-up man Matt Thornton and part-time closer/key reliever J.J. Putz now headed to the 15 day DL, the Chicago White Sox clearly have some deficiencies in the bullpen. And even before the injuries occurred, the bullpen had been the team’s Achilles heel the past couple weeks.

Sox GM Kenny Williams addressed the media on Tuesday, and mostly fielded questions about the Manny Ramirez rumors, but he also had a lot to say about what the team needs to fix internally; before filling gaps with additional players.

“I think more than anything what we’ve needed the last couple of weeks is just consistency out of our bullpen,” Williams said.

“They’ve fought to get ahead, they’ve fought to climb back in games and then take the lead only to lose it, I think more than anything that’s been the problem,” he continued.

By Paul M. Banks

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Complete Guide to Chicago White Sox Trade Deadline Rumors

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As the July 31st Major League Trade Deadline approaches, The Chicago White Sox could be actively working the phone lines in search of both pitching and hitting assistance.  In the second episode of MLB network’s “The Club” which aired yesterday, GM Kenny Williams indicated he’s used to being a buyer, not a seller.

While this interview was conducted in May when it looked like the Sox would trade both Paul Konerko and A.J. Pierzynski, it could very well be the mindset of the 1st place Sox GM this week.  Who is realistically available for the Sox to acquire, without costing them their future?  With no margin for error and a one game lead over the Minnesota Twins, is inaction an option?  Let’s break it all down.

By: Soxman

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Sox fans, watch MLB Network “The Club” Tonight!

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To see what Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham had to say about The Club, and if he’ll watch it or not, check out my exclusive with him here

I’ve always said that Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen would make the best reality star a television producer could ever imagine; mostly because everyday he already does what pretty much every reality “star” does- exaggerate his behavior for the cameras. It’s called the Hawthorne Effect- people change who they really are when they know they’re being watched. And that’s a vital part of Ozzie’s charm and charisma.

After he’s done addressing the media 2.5 hours before the start of each game in the dugout, the cameras and microphones are turned off, and then the fun REALLY begins: the true genius of Ozzie’s personality comes out.

Don’t believe me? Well, remember his extending his arms out wide gesture (to say hey, send the fat guy in to pitch) when signalling to the pen for closer Bobby Jenks? That hilariously over-the-top act happened in the World Series, when the lights were the brightest. And now MLB Network is giving him another stage.

By Paul M. Banks

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White Sox Pushing Self Destruct Button for GM Kenny Williams

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By Soxman

White Sox fans may not always agree with the moves GM Kenny Williams makes, but they know he is a man of his word.  Ask his index finger, it once proudly displayed the 2005 World Championship ring to Cubs fans, and often becomes itchy around the trading deadline. Now it seems to be hovering over the 2010 season self-destruct button. We can’t say he didn’t warn us.

Realistically, Williams indicated that the White Sox had until June to “right the ship” and after losing the past weekend series to the Kansas City Royals, it appears this team is pushing the self destruct button for him. [Read more…]