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Reinsdorf Steps In After Williams, Walker Have Heated Confrontation

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White Sox general manager Ken Williams and hitting coach Greg Walker (Credit: Getty Images)

White Sox general manager Ken Williams and hitting coach Greg Walker (Credit: Getty Images)

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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.’’

Link to Chicago Sun-Times article:
http://www.suntimes.com/sports/7433947-419/rift-between-white-sox-ken-williams-hitting-coach-greg-walker.html

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