Yesterday Kenny Williams complained of the White Sox’ “soap opera.” Today Joe Cowley of the Sun-Times reports that it may be more like “Tuesday Night Fights”:
After the White Sox’ 3-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers, the Sun-Times
was told by a team source that general manager Ken Williams and manager
Ozzie Guillen ”almost came to blows in a heated shouting match” on
Tuesday evening because of the draft fallout of Guillen’s youngest son,
What led to the confrontation was Ozzie’s comment after Ozney fell to the 22nd round: “‘I give my kid 50 grand just to go to school [at the University of
South Florida rather than sign with the Sox]. I got 50 grand in my
pocket to send my kid to go to Niketown or buy something.”
I guess that’s Ozzie being dismissive of the small signing bonus Ozney will get due to being such a low pick. Of course if it wasn’t for his daddy he wouldn’t have gotten picked at all, I presume, so one can understand why Williams might have been pissed at getting needled by Ozzie about it.
Cowley suggests — as have many before him — that team owner Jerry Reinsdorf will always take Ozzie’s side over Kenny’s, so there’s really no way for Kenny to deal with the situation. When your authority is undermined like that and no one above you has your back, what choice do you have but to quit?
Veteran utilityman Reid Brignac is in camp with the Astros on a minor league deal. The 31-year-old is close to being done as a major leaguer as he owns a career .219/.264/.309 triple-slash line across parts of nine seasons. In an effort to prolong his big league career, Brignac is now attempting to become a switch-hitter, MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart reports.
I’m going to try it out this year. It was something that I just thought long and hard about and I was like, ‘OK, I’m going to try and see how it goes.’ I used to switch-hit when I was younger off and on, nothing consistent. I could always handle the bat right-handed. I play golf right-handed, so I do a lot of things that way that feel natural.
I just want to get to the point where I’m trying to stay in games, not get pinch-hit for, not starting games because a lefty is starting. … That could help me stay in the games longer. I’m trying to add a new element. I play multiple positions and now if I can switch hit and be consistent at it, then that can only help me.
As Brignac mentions, he’s also verstile. He’s a shortstop by trade, but has also logged plenty of innings at second base and third base, and has occasionally played corner outfield.
There aren’t any examples — at least that I can think of — where players began switch-hitting late in their careers and actually succeeding in the major leagues. As the saying goes, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. But here’s hoping Brignac bucks the trend.
Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons fell off the map a bit last year due to a combination of the Angels’ mediocrity, Simmons’ lack of offense, and a month-plus of missed action due to a torn ligament in his left thumb.
Simmons is still as good and as smart as ever on defense. That was on full display Monday when the Angels hosted the Padres for an afternoon spring exhibition.
With a runner on first base and nobody out in the top of the second inning, Carlos Asuaje grounded a 2-0 J.C. Ramirez fastball to right field. The runner, Hunter Renfroe, advanced to third base. Meanwhile, Asuaje wandered a little too far off the first base bag. Simmons cut off the throw to first base, spun around and fired to Luis Valbuena at first base. Valbuena swiped the tag on Asuaje for the first out of the inning.