Reinsdorf Steps In After Williams, Walker Have Heated Confrontation

DETROIT (SUN-TIMES/CBS) – The shortage of production from Adam Dunn, Alex Rios and Gordon Beckham recently lead to a heated confrontation between general manager Ken Williams and hitting coach Greg Walker, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Walker and Williams exchanged heated words outside the Sox clubhouse at U.S. Cellular Field, after Williams made comments about Beckham’s swing. Williams eventually told Walker to clean out his locker, a source said.

Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf was made aware of the situation and did not allow the firing to happen.

“I’d rather not comment on it,’’ Walker told the Chicago Sun-Times on Friday.

“What goes on in our clubhouse stays in our clubhouse. It’s been a very frustrating year for a lot of people.’’

Williams’ comments that lead to the confrontation were made to reporters on Aug. 19. He said he preferred the swing Beckham brought with him from the University of Georgia over the swing he has now. Those comments appeared to be a direct hit aimed toward Walker.

“As long as Gordon continues to work, I have no problem with it,’’ Walker said Friday.

“We’re not satisfied with the results. We’ve looked at it every way we can look at it.’’

“Any high fastball, he could get on top if it with his top hand,’’ Williams said then. “But again, as the general manager you sit back and you have to respect the work that your coaches do and you have to respect the desire from the player as to what he thinks will work.

“I personally liked the swagger and the cock that he had of his wrists and the loading of his hands when he had the previous swing I spoke of.’’

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  • bob

    Time for Mr Kenny “Hollywood” Williams to leave. He can’t get along with the Wizard of Oz nor Walker, who is a class man. I personally would like to see KW go to the Raiders or LA or anywhere. Oz to Miami and move Joey cora up to Mgr and Rick Hahn to Gm. Lets get some sanity on the SSide. Ive had enough of Kennys win at all costs mentality, while bankrupting AAA and AA minor leagues. Look at our roster of overpaid, underperforming players that KW had picked. Enough said…………..frustrated long time Sox fan

  • Easy-E's curl cap

    I agree bob but I also agree with his evaluation of beckham’s swing mechanics. Walker does suck as a hitting no matter how much hitting coaches tend not to matter… Hell it wasn’t like walker was a good hitter himself. He sucked too.

  • el yaqui

    Is this not an indictment of how weak a position KW stands? Time to go, Kenny.
    But before you submit your resignation-move Ozzie to Miami then you can tell your story walking!

  • Fletchguy

    Kenny should have been gone years ago. he is so obviously baseball stupid it hurts that a great team like the Sox have to suffer through his ignorant moves. I bring Ozzie back with a 2 year contcat maybe a mutal option year on the second. I fire Kenny Williams and promote Hahn to GM unless some miracle comes and you can get Steve Stone out the booth into a GM/ President of Op title which would be best. The mess Kenny has made is enough..Tehan, Dunn, Rios,Peavey, dumping rowand to quick the depleting the farm club.. This is all Kennys fault and I have had enough as have any real sox fan. Fire Kenny and lets get back to baseball. If we can get Rios, peavey and Dunn to void their contracts and except free release it would be a prayer answered.

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