GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The dust has settled in the feud between Kenny Williams
and Ozzie Guillen. Who won? Who lost? Thats open to interpretation. Williams is the last man standing with the White Sox. Guillen is in Miami with the security of a 4-year, 10 million contract with the Marlins.
If the White Sox are able to turn their fortunes around in 2012, who will get a lions share of the credit?
But if the White Sox dont succeed, and its another season of misery, who will get most of the blame?
His boss, Jerry Reinsdorf is one of the most loyal owners in professional sports. Despite the White Sox winning just one playoff game since 2005, Reinsdorf has stayed with Williams through thick and thin.
How long will that same loyalty exist? No one knows the answer. But on the day that pitchers and catchers reported to spring training, Williams let it be known that if hes not able to change the fortunes of the White Sox franchise, hes willing to walk away from the post.
I felt fortunate to be a part of this whole equation, Williams said. If there comes a time where Jerry Reinsdorf believes theres somebody who can do this job in a better way and provide him with a better chance to win and build an organization, and do the things that it takes to build an organization, Ill be the first to step up and say, Listen you need to make this move, and well be anything but grateful and thankful and Ill move on my way or move into a different position if he were to suggest that.
Its professional sports. If you do not win, and it has been three years since weve gone to the playoffs, if you dont win, changes are made. I have gone into this situation knowing that. I can accept it if ultimately thats the call. And we can go out the next day, he can call me up and well go out for a steak and a cigar. It will be all good."
It might be a long shot for the White Sox to sign free agent Manny Machado, but here on the White Sox Talk Podcast, we like dark horses. Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey and Vinnie Duber discuss what it would take to bring Machado to the South Side. Plus, is he "the" guy the White Sox are targeting this offseason? Will the Rockies listen to trade offers for Nolan Arenado a year before he reaches free agency? Plus, Chuck talks about a cost-controlled, All-Star on a rebuilding team that could be an answer at third base.
Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:
Mark Buehrle. Jon Garland. Freddy García. José Contreras.
The 2005 White Sox had four consecutive complete games to finish off the 2005 ALCS — Contreras took his turn in Game 5 against the Angels 13 years ago Tuesday. How special was that run of starting pitching to finish that series? Consider the following six statements:
— No team has had more than two complete games in a single postseason, let alone a postseason series, since.
— There has been a grand total of four complete games in 188 postseason games (through Monday) since the beginning of 2016.
— Those 2005 White Sox remain the only team with four complete games in a single LCS (which went to a best-of-seven format in 1985).
— They are the only team since the 1968 Tigers (in the World Series) with at least four complete games in any postseason series.
— They are the only team since the 1956 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete games in a series. (The Yankees had five in a row: Games 3 through 7.)
— They are the only team since the 1928 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete-game wins in a series (Games 1 through 4).
Take a moment to look back and appreciate what Don Cooper’s troops were able to accomplish in that series. The way the game is played nowadays, we will never see it again.