Hoge: The Wrong Guy Is Leaving Town

By Adam Hoge-

CHICAGO (CBS) So how long until the White Sox regret this?

March? When Baseball Prospectus picks the White Sox to finish fourth or maybe even fifth in the AL Central?

April? When 16,000 fans show up to the second home game and the Sox once again fail to get off to a good start?

May? When Adam Dunn and Alex Rios are still hitting below .200?

June? When the only national conversation involving the White Sox is about what a disaster the last two years have been for Kenny Williams?

Or will take a full year? When Ozzie Guillen and Florida Marlins clinch the 2012 National League Wild Ca…

OK. You get the point.

Ozzie Guillen may have technically left on his own after requesting to be released from his contract, but don’t kid yourself. Ozzie didn’t want to leave and if Kenny Williams wasn’t the general manager of the Chicago White Sox, Guillen would be entering his ninth season as White Sox manager next spring.


Do I think it was time for a change? Yes. In a normal world – which the White Sox clearly are not in – I would keep both Williams and Guillen, but it’s obvious they clearly could not coexist any longer.

So, since change was necessary, do I think the wrong guy is leaving town? Yes.

Kenny Williams created this mess. Not Ozzie.

I should make it clear that I don’t believe baseball managers really have a great effect on how a team plays. Managerial decisions decide the outcome of games maybe five times a season. Otherwise, it’s up to the players to decide the fate of a team. And when you add up the contracts of Adam Dunn, Alex Rios and Jake Peavy and look at the results, it’s clear Williams deserves a lot more blame for the failed 2011 season than Guillen.

And guess what? Williams, Dunn, Rios and Peavy can all be expected back in Chicago next season. The whole gang is returning. Horray.

But not Ozzie. Not the face of the franchise. Not the only bright shining star in a city with skies as black as the team’s primary color.

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Did Ozzie have a bad season managing? Yes. But it didn’t cost the White Sox the division. The lack of contributions from Dunn, Rios and Peavy did.

And now the White Sox are irrelevant. Trust me, they are.

Ozzie brought the White Sox more exposure than any manager in the team’s history. Even when the White Sox were bad, Ozzie was the story. Sometimes he was a negative story, but for a franchise like the White Sox who can hardly draw a sellout crowd when the team is good, any publicity is good publicity.

Ozzie was good publicity.

And he wasn’t the reason for the White Sox failures.

So I ask you again, how long until the White Sox regret this?

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Adam Hoge

Adam is the Sports Content Producer for CBSChicago.com and specializes in coverage of the Bears, White Sox and college sports. He was born and raised in Lincoln Park and attended St. Ignatius College Prep before going off to the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he earned a Journalism degree. Follow him on Twitter @AdamHogeCBS and read more of his columns here.


  • Sox fan

    Fire or promote Kenny Williams and install Rick Hahn now!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sox fan 2

    I’m seriously considering dropping my season tickets this year after a long downhill slide from 2005.

  • Tony Chinn

    Hoge, Both you and Cowley should just follow Ozzie and his moronic kids to Florida.. Ozzie was a good manager until he didn’t get his way.. When he started pouting in late 2009 it was over then. They should have canned him then. Also, who lets their kids talk bad about their company/boss. His time to leave was well overdue. There will be NO regrets here. No matter what his outcome is in Florida. However, I would hold off on Hoge’s statements of the Marlins clinching anything but their butt cheeks after having to deal with the Guillen Family.

  • james Steever

    In 2010, Ozzie was asking to build a team to play “small ball’ and so Kenny went out and got smurf’s like Juan Pierre and Gordon Beckham, etc and that didn’t work out. Then Ozzie decides that small ball doesn’t work especially seeing that the Cell is home run happy and Kenny gets him Adam Dunn and has carryover power guys like Rios, Quinton and Paulie K. and this power laden hitting line-up did not pan out…
    Certainly the Sox had the arms… So Kenny was getting Ozzie the players he needed and Ozzie simply didn’t get the job done and didn’t seem to have the fire that he had in the late 2000’s… Time to go. Bye Ozzie.

    • http://pdillon1.wordpress.com pdillon1

      Yeah and Ozzie also squeezed almost 90 wins (88 to be exact) out of a team that many felt wouldn’t hit home runs and was picked by many to win like 78 games. Ozzie’s concepts were right. They lost in 2010 because of a broke down Bobby Jenks, not because Juan Pierre was batting DH. Kenny then goes out and gets Adam Dunn and the team is worse offensively…even after another great Konerko year.

      I like Kenny and Ozzie wasn’t perfect but this team’s demise is all on Kenny. People tired of Ozzie’s act? So what. It’s not a job, it’s a sport. Ozzie’s act had nothing to do with Dunn, Rios, and Peavy. Kenny should have been let go, not Ozzie.

  • Dave Dolgin

    Blaming this on Williams is stupid. Ozzie gave Jerry an ultimatum – extend me or I’m gone – and nobody in his organizations gives Jerry an ultimatum and lives. Ozzie wanted, made and got the result he wanted.

  • don

    sox willnot improve until dunn, rios, and peavy are gone. dunn and rios are good for7-8 outs per game.that leaves only 20-21 outs.hard to win with 2 out of 9 in a line up hitting below 200.sox need to cut their loses or rest of team and fans will suffer thru more hard to watch games.williams should be ousted yesterday !!

  • John

    Ozzie has no room to complain. Anywhere else and he would’ve been gone in 2007 or 2008. But in Chicago he milked his one good/lucky season into another 6 years. He won’t be as fortunate in Miami. They will demand a winner right away, and he can’t deliver because he’s a terrible manager.

    And BTW, the second home game THIS YEAR only drew 20,000 and the Whiner Sox were off to yet another horrible start. Were they already regretting keeping him in April?

  • Ghee Buttersnaps

    Not even football will console me on this travesty. All the talking heads in Chicago Sports insisted the fans were tired of hearing about ozzie this and kenny that. I know it’s their business and livelihoods to be involved in some way and that they hear this stuff on an almost daily basis, but don’t you dare put words in my mouth. I wasn’t tired of anything other then KW trading away our young talent and consistently missing on the BIG contracts (he has some good moves but wasted more money then he brought in.)

    I’m a Sox fan for life, but I doubt I’ll be going to a game anytime soon, and not just because its the end of the season.

    • Big Cat

      A Sox fan NOT going to a game? GASP!!!!!


    I don’t think the “twitter” accounts were very professional. But, a small market team cannot afford to mimic the Mets, Yankees, Dodgers, or Mighty Coo.
    Once Kenny Williams started down that path, he boxed his manager in to
    “play them, or trust the guys from Birmingham.” The Yankees can set piles of money on fire for bad free agents. That seems to be the trend.
    Now, if Ozzie Guillen did demand those signings, then you have a real baseball complaint about Ozzie.
    I don’t think the 2011 Sox beat the TIgers in a seven game series. Maybe, a five game.

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