Frank Thomas expects changes 'real soon'

Frank Thomas expects changes 'real soon'
June 20, 2013, 6:30 pm
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I think the writing is on the wall. Something is going to happen real soon.
Frank Thomas

The White Sox have hit rock bottom.

They’ve lost 17 of 22, 3 of 4 to the last place Houston Astros and just got swept by the Minnesota Twins, the team that was projected by many to finish in last place in the Central Division.

Instead, the basement belongs to the White Sox, who are buried at the bottom by 4.5 games. They trail the first-place Detroit Tigers by 10 games, but it feels like 100.

No one wants the White Sox to win more than Frank Thomas, a team ambassador who bleeds White Sox black and white and usually comes to the defense of the players.

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But not this time.

To Thomas, it’s time to make moves and he believes they are coming.

“Right now, the way things are going, I’m sorry I’ve been watching it for three months. Nothing’s changing,” Thomas said Wednesday on CSN’s White Sox Pre-Game Live. “I’ve been a part of a lot of big league ball clubs. It tells me that there’s no chemistry in this clubhouse. These guys are not playing well together. It’s not going to happen overnight. I think the writing is on the wall. Something is going to happen real soon.”

In 1997, the White Sox made the infamous White Flag Trade when they looked into their future and didn’t see them contending for a division title, so they put together a massive sell-off right before the trade deadline.

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Thomas was on that team. It infuriated him because the White Sox were only 3.5 games behind the Cleveland Indians. But on July 31, then-GM Ron Schueler traded Wilson Alvarez, Danny Darwin and Roberto Hernandez to the San Francisco Giants for six minor leaguers, which included Keith Foulke and Bob Howry. This came two days after they dealt Harold Baines to the Baltimore Orioles for a player to be named later.

Could a similar shake-up be coming?

Rick Hahn has been waiting for the White Sox to wake up and make a move. But if this keeps up, the first-year GM might be compelled to make the moves for them.

The offense ranks last in the American League in runs. They’re 13th in home runs, a surprising reality since the team is built to hit the ball over the fence. Wednesday, manager Robin Ventura came to the defense of hitting coach Jeff Manto saying, “I’m definitely in his corner.”

But Thomas knows from experience that if the losses continue, changes will be made.

“Robin has showed a great trait as a very good manager in protecting his coaches, in protecting his players, but I’ve been in this organization for 20 years. I saw the heat [former White Sox hitting coach] Greg Walker had everyday and he had some very good hitting ball clubs,” Thomas said. “Sooner or later, the finger is going to start pointing and the blame is going to come out, and we’re going to see that very shortly.”