Let’s cut through all of the rehash on the latest “Kenny and Ozzie can’t work together and one of them must go” story in today’s Sun-Times.
We’ll have much more on this later online and in tomorrow’s Daily Herald, but I talked with Ozzie and Kenny at length before tonight’s game against the Twins.
No sources, no speculation here:
-Ozzie again said he wants to stay and manage the White Sox indefinitely.
He also said he would like to get a contract extension, preferably two years, before this season ends and he heads off to Spain for a three-week vacation.
-Ozzie is currently signed through 2012, and he would rather not manage on a one-year deal next season.
-Ozzie has not approached chairman Jerry Reinsdorf about his contract status. Given him credit for being smart. Asking for an extension for managing a $127 million team to a 67-65 record is not a wise move.
-Ozzie said he probably gets along with Kenny Williams better than any other major-league manager gets along with his GM.
-Ozzie said he deserves an extension because he is better than most of his peers.
-Kenny didn’t even want to talk about this again, but he reluctantly answered questions from three reporters.
“It’s something that’s old,” he said. “It’s old, it’s stale, it’s boring. I think it’s grossly exaggerated from the very beginning and I think malicious in intent. I didn’t realize we didn’t have a good working relationship.”
-KW on Ozzie managing in 2012: “Have people not been listening to me? All year I’ve said I have no desire to enter into discussions of these type of things and make anything definitive because it takes away from what’s happening on the field. If I’m asked that question one more time, I feel like I’m going to throw up.
“I have to sit down with Jerry at the end of the season. At this point in time, we are an underachieving ballclub. So that means the players, the coaches, the manager and myself, we’re all under review. This is professional sports.”
-I asked Kenny how Jerry’s mood has been this season.
“Grumpy,” he said.
-Is Reinsdorf grumpy enough to clean house?
“Whenever the door is shown to us, maybe we walk out that door together because everybody has an expiration date,” Kenny said.