Good stuff from Jerry Reinsdorf Saturday.
The White Sox’ chairman spoke with reporters in Washington Saturday and cleared the air of several recent hot topics. Let’s get right to the meat.
Reinsdorf said GM Kenny Williams never came to him asking for permission to fire manager Ozzie Guillen. And if KW did ask, Reinsdorf would have said no.
"Well, that's my history," Reinsdorf said. “The biggest mistake I ever made, but I would make it again, is I let (former GM) Hawk (Harrelson) fire Tony La Russa (in 1986). I would hope Kenny would never come to that conclusion. But you can't make a general manager have a manager he doesn't want. You can't make a manager have a coach he doesn't want. I can't make the head of the accounting department work with someone he doesn't want. I hate to think about it and I don't think it will ever come to it and Kenny says he doesn't see it, but that's the way it works."
As for that website Ozzie wanted to launch in spring training, Reinsdorf said he never pulled the plug on the project.
"(I told him), ‘If you want to have one, go ahead and have it,’” Reinsdorf said. “He looked at me and said, 'What do I want with that?' "
The chairman did speak to KW and Ozzie about their relationship, which has always run hot and cold.
"I said, 'We can't function if you are not going to get along,’" Reinsdorf said. "’You can have your fights like you always have, but it can't continue because we can't function that way. You have to work together.' They both agreed and, as far as I know, they are back to normal."