Guillen to Jenks: 'Stay away from Oney'

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Guillen to Jenks: 'Stay away from Oney'

Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011
Posted 2:31 p.m.

By Brett Ballantini
CSNChicago.com

GLENDALE, Ariz. Asked about recent comments by Bobby Jenks, who claimed he was affected by feud between Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen and GM Ken Williams, Guillen today attempted to take the high road and refused to play dirty in any ongoing war with his former closer.

In his most comprehensive and calmest comment, Guillen sarcastically mentioned, Too bad all the stuff about me and Kenny interrupts his career.

On Friday at Boston Red Sox camp in Ft. Myers, Fla., Jenks had told the Chicago Tribune that he was affected by the front-office controversy in recent years on the White Sox.

A lot of the stuff with Ozzie Guillen and the front office gets old, Jenks said. It has been a problem for a long time. It was a problem before last year Its going to be nice for me to see how things are done with the Red Sox.

However, Guillen didnt hesitate to warn Jenks not to get messed up in a war of words with his son, Oney, who tweeted some clubhouse information about Jenks back in December.

Please, someone who knows Jenks, please tell him not to talk about Oney, Guillen said. Its going to be ugly. I talked to my wife about it, to make sure to tell Oney to let it go. It can end bad. Me? Thats OK. Kenny is OK with itI talked to Kenny. But Oney? Stay away from Oney. Hes not a good kid. When you go to that point with him, Oney knows a lot about a lot of things. Make sure Jenks stays away from Oney.

Oney has made a few tweets on Saturday in reference to the simmering controversy, and he appears to be taking his fathers advice:

I will not comment a single word bc to me the issue was over. Hope u know now who the problem was.

I'm not part of the problem I'm part of the solution happy Saturday.

He is lucky I'm mature and put this to rest. Apologies r accepted I told u it wasn't me.

The White Sox manager did get angrier as he spoke on Jenks, saying,Things that happened last year, I can make a book about Jenks. Not one pageI can make a book out of this kid. I feel bad and sad he thinks that way about me. I feel very sad about it. He knows I can easily kill this kid.

Guillen took particular offense at Jenks pointing fingers.

Bobby was tired of the front-office controversies? So was I, and so was Kenny, Guillen said. But I will apologize to him because we interrupted his career. Thats one of the biggest reasons we finished second: He showed up once a week to pitch.

He had a lot of problems, but we were loyal to him by playing him. I was a very bad manager because I kept him as my closer when he couldnt close. He has to look at himself in the mirror.

Guillen repeated the stance he took on Jenks in January, shaking his head over Jenkss reluctance to put his time with the White Sox to rest.

Im very sad, Guillen said. Im not even mad about it. Im very sad about the way he thinks about us. Am I going to say anything bad about him? Im not going to waste my timehes not part of my program. Its very sad because he should look at himself in the mirror, and all the things he said in the paper, to realize what he said. Like I said in January, if there was one player I ever managed, I did more stuff for him than anybody else, on the field and off the field.

He did a lot of bad things last year. We lied for him. We protected him.

Guillen added that when controversy first broke between Oney and Jenks, he asked around the clubhouse for Jenkss number, and had no luck.

We dont miss himask 30 guys out there, he said. By the way, I was asking for his number to talk to him about it, and nobody has his number. You can tell what happened.

Guillen made several references to how calm he was this season, and how tranquil his camp has been. If the Jenks comments had come in 2009 or 2010, it would have been a different story.

Thank God he was talking about me, not about the club, Guillen said. If Bobby was talking about the club, I would be on TV everywhere, because I would rip his guts.

And by way of parting words, Guillen made reference to the fact that he might have to call Boston manager Terry Francona with some words of advice regarding Jenks, and shared the same with Jenks himself.

He has to worry about Boston and what he has to do for them, the tranquil skipper said. I bet you Terry Francona wont put up with the expletive we put up with Jenks here. I have Terrys number there to call him and say, make sure you tell Bobby to worry about the Boston Red Sox, and dont worry about what happened here or whatever.
Brett Ballantini is CSNChicago.com's White Sox Insider. Follow him @CSNChi_Beatnik on Twitter for up-to-the-minute White Sox information.

What White Sox 'fireman' Anthony Swarzak has done to increase trade value

What White Sox 'fireman' Anthony Swarzak has done to increase trade value

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Anthony Swarzak held a high-leverage audition for a potential contender on Sunday long before the Kansas City Royals walked off the White Sox.

The nonroster invitee to big league camp continued a stellar campaign as he took over in a critical spot midgame and helped the White Sox escape with the lead. The White Sox bullpen ultimately relinquished the lead and Brandon Moss sent them to their ninth straight loss — Kansas City won 5-4 — with an RBI double in the ninth inning.

But Swarzak continues to thrive in the opportunities handed to him and could make for an interesting trade chip before the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline.

“He’s been excellent,” White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. “He’s become for us, with (Nate Jones) going down and (Jake Petricka) going down he’s actually become a fireman. He’s come in in some of the highest-leverage situations we could possibly get. And then we use him for multiple innings.”

A free agent after the season, Swarzak has 50 strikeouts and a 2.30 ERA in 47 innings for the White Sox this season. He also has only allowed nine of 33 inherited runners to score (27.2 percent), including two on Sunday. The American League average for inherited runners scoring entering Sunday was 30 percent, according to baseball-reference.com.

All this has come in a season where Swarzak went to camp with the White Sox with no certainty of making the 25-man roster. The right-hander not only thrived in camp, he came out strong in April with 19 2/3 scoreless innings to start the season. Combined with early injuries to Jones and Zach Putnam, Swarzak’s performance helped him climb the totem pole in the White Sox bullpen from the outset. His stature has grown even more of late with the injury to Petricka as well as the trades of Tommy Kahnle and David Robertson.

“As far personal expectations, I’m right where I want to be,” Swarzak said. “More to accomplish for this year, absolutely. But I like what I’ve done so far and I like the opportunity that I have to accomplish even more.

“That’s the situation we all work so hard. That’s the situation we want and it’s why we all work so hard in the offseason in general is for situations like that.”

Swarzak took over for starter Derek Holland in the fifth inning with the White Sox ahead 4-3 and runners on the corners. He threw three straight sliders to Jorge Bonifacio and struck him out to strand the pair.

“It was huge, what he did coming in right there,” Holland said.

As significant as it was, it only held off the Royals for the time being. And as much as Swarzak has enjoyed things on a personal level, it isn’t making what the thinned-out White Sox roster is experiencing any easier to handle.

“Everything going on around here right now is pretty hard to swallow,” Swarzak said. “We’re going out there losing 8-0, 6-0, we’re up 6-0 and we end up losing. We lost a 1-0 game against the Dodgers and the next night we lose 10-1. We’re kind of losing all types of ways right now, which is really hard to swallow because as a bullpen guy we take pride in holding the lead and right now it seems like we’re not getting it done at all, any aspect of it, as a group.”

With eight more shopping days left before the deadline, chances are high that Swarzak may not be part of the current group much longer. He has already seen the departures of Robertson and Kahnle and knows his impending free agency could result in a trade elsewhere. But the veteran reliever is doing his best to keep his focus on the mound.

“It all comes back to quality pitches and getting guys out,” Swarzak said. “If you’re getting guys out, you’re going to get some attention from the league and if you’re not they’re going to close the book on you. It’s very straight forward for a pitcher, for a major league baseball player in general: Do better. Get it done and you’re going to play for a long time and you’re going to have the success that goes along with getting it done. That’s really all I’m worried about is continuing to make good pitches and hopefully get the results I’m looking for.”

White Sox: The big-picture reasoning behind Rick Renteria and bunting

White Sox: The big-picture reasoning behind Rick Renteria and bunting

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Rick Renteria wants his players to be able to execute a bunt regardless of how much it drives White Sox fans crazy.

The White Sox manager wants to win now, but he’s also looking at the big picture.

Even though he knows how much a team’s chance of scoring decreases when an out is surrendered via the sacrifice bunt, Renteria is using the opportunity to see what abilities his players have. He wants to know what they can do.

Renteria is well aware that his calls for sacrifice bunts aren’t popular with fans (see: Twitter’s reaction to Yoan Moncada’s bunt tries on Saturday). But he also thinks there’s no better time to work on bunts than during a game. So as much fury as it brings, Renteria will continue to ask his players to work on a skill he’d like to see remain part of the game.

“Listen, (Moncada’s) a plus runner,” Renteria said. “He’s going to be able to use that as a part of his arsenal. I see a whole lot of home run hitters dropping bunts right now against shifts and things of that nature. I don’t think that art should disappear. We’re in the era of quote-unquote the long ball, but like I’ve said, sometimes you need to do certain things to kind of put your club in a better position.

"If you think that’s one of the things that’s available to you, you use it. I don’t think you’re necessarily giving it up in terms of an out, because when you’ve got guys who can run anything is possible. You end up loading the bases possibly. I know our guys are very cognizant of just playing the game. If they feel like they want to get two guys in scoring position on their own, they do it. It’s not something I want to take away from them. I think they read the defenses. Sometimes we talk about other ways of dealing with the defenses, but I think they’re understanding that we’re going to want that to be a part of all their abilities.”

As for the team’s execution, Renteria isn’t satisfied with the results. That means you can expect to see more bunts the rest of the way.

“It’s still a work-in-progress,” Renteria said. “I think that would be a falsehood to say we’re at the point where I go, I’m very, very happy with the way we lay down bunts. It’s still a work-in-progress, something that we’re going to continue to emphasize. Something we’re going to continue to work on. And then again, the only opportunities you get in real time are games, and that’s when you need ‘em.”