Results tagged ‘ Ozzie Guillen ’

Popularity contest

Apparently, neither Chicago baseball manager is very popular with players. In a survey of 380 Major League players, 26 percent said they did not want to play for Lou Piniella and 21 percent said they did not want to play for Ozzie Guillen. The results will be published in this week’s Sports Illustrated. Tony La Russa was third among least favorite managers, as 10 percent said no to the Cardinals skipper, while the Dodgers’ Joe Torre and Indians’ Eric Wedge were tied for fourth, each getting 4 percent of the vote. Note that players were not allowed to vote for their own manager.

They are fickle. In last week’s SI poll, Torre finished second when players were asked which manager they most wanted to play for.

— Carrie Muskat 

Loose lips

There’s a saying in baseball that clubhouse personnel are taught on Day 1: What you hear here, what you see here, when you leave here, let it stay here. That rule was violated Friday when someone leaked what Lou Piniella said to Milton Bradley in the visiting clubhouse at U.S. Cellular Field. Piniella had followed Bradley into the clubhouse after telling him to go home, and made a derogatory comment that he apologized for on Saturday. Piniella could’ve handled that behind closed doors if the comments weren’t made public.

“Things get a little heated in the clubhouse at times,” Piniella said Sunday. “I don’t think what happened is right. I mentioned it in a nice way to the Chicago people. Look, it happened. What can you say? A lot of things happen.”

The writer who had the quote from an unnamed source brought some of the visiting clubhouse staff into Piniella’s office Sunday morning to tell the Cubs manager they weren’t the ones who had violated the code. It was a bizarre scene.

Should someone be disciplined?

“I don’t know where it came from,” Piniella said. “I’m not going to accuse anybody because I just don’t know. If I don’t know, why should I start accusing? If I knew who it was, then I would take care of that. I can’t accuse somebody, because I don’t know who to accuse.”

The Cubs players were upset about the leak. Someone from the Cubs did talk to the visiting clubhouse personnel at U.S. Cellular Field about the matter.

“They’re good at it and they’re very professional,” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said of the visiting clubhouse staff. “They grew up in baseball. With all the respect to whoever made the comment, that’s stupid.”

— Carrie Muskat


First class

When the Cubs and White Sox travel to Las Vegas on Wednesday, they’ll be going in the same plane. That doesn’t mean Cubs manager Lou Piniella has to fight White Sox skipper Ozzie Guillen for a seat in first class. Guillen has already left for Vegas to celebrate an anniversary with his wife. No Ozzie, no problem, Piniella said.

“I can relax on the plane,” Piniella said, laughing.

Cubs and White Sox on the same plane? Who gets the seats in the front of the plane and who gets the back?

“I don’t know,” Piniella said. “I don’t know if they’ll do it that way or right down the middle, left and right.”

Guillen and Piniella won’t share a ride back to Phoenix after Thursday’s game either. The White Sox manager is traveling on his own. Piniella will go with the Cubs.

“I’m a team guy,” Piniella said.

Just for the record, Piniella’s wife didn’t want to make the quick trip.

— Carrie Muskat

Lou and Ozzie

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was a little disappointed in Cubs manager Lou Piniella. First of all, Guillen says Piniella is reading books by “mellow” people like Tony Dungy and John Wooden. Guillen would prefer to read material by someone who is more fiery like Piniella himself or Billy Martin.

Guillen also was insulted that Piniella accidentally hung up on him. Earlier in February, when the Cubs were at Fitch Park, Guillen tried to call because he wanted to use the designated hitter in Saturday’s game. But Piniella didn’t hear anyone on the other end of the call, so he hung up. On Saturday, Guillen let Piniella know he wasn’t happy about that.

“I told Ozzie, ‘Whatever you want, we’ll accomodate you,'” Piniella said of his conversation Saturday. “He said today, ‘Can I have a couple of your players?'”

— Carrie Muskat

To DH or not to DH, that's the question

Spring Training is obviously more relaxed than the regular season, but Lou Piniella doesn’t want to take that too far. Apparently, quite a few of the American League managers who are playing at HoHoKam Park have asked if they can use the designated hitter and not have their pitchers hit. That includes White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen, whose team plays the Cubs on Saturday in Mesa.

Piniella wants the Cubs pitchers to get some at-bats, get in the habit of running the bases, and bunt. So far, he’s been agreeable to the DH, but he also joked that he told pitching coach Larry Rothschild to call the managers for the Cubs’ road games at AL parks and say the Cubs want to let their pitchers hit.

“You’d like to think that you give yourself a competitive balance,” Piniella says. “You don’t want to just go out there and play. Sooner or later, you have to start worrying about winning some baseball games.”

— Carrie Muskat