When Jake Peavy talks, its always an interesting listen.
Monday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field was no different.
Before heading out for batting practice, Peavy gave his unique spin on a number of topics.
Let’s start with the White Sox starting pitcher’s subtle shots at former manager Ozzie Guillen.
Peavy wasn’t asked about Ozzie directly. Rather, he was discussing the Sox’ decision to move from a six-man rotation back to five, with Philip Humber going to the bullpen.
“The organization has to be smart about things, and they will,” Peavy said. “I think this organization has handled Chris Sale brilliantly. When you look at how Washington seems to be all over the map (with Stephen Strasburg), 'Hey, we've got this many innings, there's no number, I'm in control, this and that,' we've had an open line of communication from the front office, from Kenny (Williams) to Rick Hahn to what's going on in this clubhouse, with all of us.
“That's something that hasn't happened here in the past and it's so nice to see an organization work as a cohesive group from the top of the chain all the way down to us and make good decisions for all the players involved.”
It's no secret Peavy and Ozzie didn't see eye-to-eye the past two years, not that either individual was completely innocent of miscommiunication.
Later Monday, Peavy took another jab without directly mentioning Ozzie.
“I think the White Sox are in such a good position with the coaching staff to the front office to us players,” he said. “There's an open line, and all of us can be an open book and talk through things. You watch the way John Danks was handled, you watch the way (Jose) Quintana and Sale have been handled, and myself, it's been nice to see because that certainly hasn't been the case at times, probably in most organizations.”
Peavy also talked about this season’s American League Comeback Player of the Year award.
With Peavy, Adam Dunn and Alex Rios, the Sox could win the gold, silver and bronze in the award.
“That's something that, I don't think anybody wants to be in that category because if you're in the category of Comeback Player of the Year you obviously had a major injury or had a disappointing year,” Peavy said. “I know me, Alex and Adam have talked about that and it’s an honor when you're being talked about to win the award. We knew coming into the season that the three of us had to pick it up.
“Hopefully, I was healthy enough to be able to do what I can do and Adam was going to have to have a year like he's had for 10 of his 11 years and Alex was going to have to do the same. And we all just kind of took it upon ourselves. And we've been a great supportive unit for each other. Whichever way that shakes out, it shakes out as far as the award goes. I can promise you this, none of us are worried about that award.”