Thursday, November 18, 2004

The Chairman Speaks...And Speaks Well

Jerry Reinsdorf appeared on WSCR yesterday to talk about a number of things, the headline of which was whether the White Sox would deal with superagent Scott Boras. He also discussed the fact that the White Sox "lost out" on signing Omar Vizquel and Cristian Guzman. Quoth the Sun-Times:
Reinsdorf also told the station the Sox didn't go after shortstop Cristian Guzman because his offensive numbers outside of the Metrodome were ''pathetic,'' and the team thought offering a three-year deal to Omar Vizquel was too big of a risk.

The Chairman got this exactly right. In fact, I just had to look up Guzman's home/road splits to see just how right he was - Guzman's .303 OBP from 2002-2004 is pathetic enough in its own right, but he's got an even more pathetic .281 OBP and .351 SLG away from the HumpDome. Yikes.

One of the things I've been finely attuned to is the Sox's decision-making process and what they are emphasizing in terms of the players they acquire and develop. Quotes like this one from the Chairman make me heartened that the decision-making process is working. Now, if they add Corey Koskie and Brad Radke, I'll feel really good about the process.

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