Ozzie Guillen on White Sox Disappointing Season: 'It's My Fault'

They've been playing the blame game in Chicago since the team dealt Thome last week. On Monday, Ozzie Guillen declared himself the winner.

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Ozzie Guillen Blames Himself

White Sox skipper Ozzie Guillen accepted responsibility for the team's struggles today

"If this thing doesn't work, I blame myself," Guillen said, adding it's not the fault of general manager Ken Williams, owner Jerry Reinsdorf or his players.

"It's my fault. I can say that right now and I can say that tomorrow and I can say it two weeks later," Guillen said. "It's my fault when something goes wrong on the field."

After a loss to Boston on Sunday, the White Sox were in third place and eight games behind Detroit in the AL Central with only 24 left. They have been plagued by poor fielding and erratic hitting.
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GM Ken Williams Speaks About Trading Thome

White Sox GM Ken Williams spoke to the media for 20 minutes on Friday (before the White Sox thumped those other Sox) and defended his trade of Jim Thome to the Dodgers despite the Sox still in playoff contention.

He touched on a number of points about the trade, from why he traded Thome to how the trade doesn't signify the Sox giving up. The Chicago Tribune's Dave van Dyck sums it up perfectly though:

Basically, he wants Thome to get shot at World Series and believes other players can fill DH role.

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The White Sox Blame Game: Players or Management?

Big League Stew doesn't see the team's unofficial forfeit of the season as the GM Kenny Williams' fault.

I've seen some suggestions here in Chicago and around the blogosphere that it was GM Kenny Williams who decided to give up on the White Sox season with Monday night's trades of Jim Thome and Jose Contreras. Some people even seem to be on the verge of calling him a quitter.

But let's get something straight here: It was the White Sox players who inflicted all of the white flag-raising damage on themselves.

Williams is only guilty of a mercy killing — if he in fact killed a team by shedding two veterans who were on their way out anyway.

The move has fans reliving frightening memories of a similar situation in 1997. During the '97 season, the White Sox trailed the Cleveland Indians by a mere 3.5 games with two full months left in the season when they dealt two starters (Wilson Alvarez and Danny Darwin) and their closer (Roberto Hernandez) to the Giants.

So what's going to be the end result with the '09 White Sox? That remains to be seen, but chances are people in Chi-Town have shifted their focused towards Jay Cutler. With everything taken into consideration, however, Stew was right: The players tanked the season, not the GM.

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Giants, Dodgers, Rockies All Making Moves For Stretch

Dan Levy at The Sporting Blog breaks down all the deals the top three N.L. West teams made over the past few days.

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Dodgers Deal for Thome, Garland; White Sox Dump Payroll for Little Return

Just before the 9 PST waiver trade deadline Monday night, the Dodgers acquired 39-year-old slugger Jim Thome from the White Sox and pitcher John Garland for the Diamondbacks.

SB Nation's True Blue L.A. suspects Thome will come off the bench as a pinch-hitter (fielding skills abandoned him long ago) with Garland being a nice bit of insurance for the back of the rotation. The trade also reunites Manny Ramirez and Thome, who played together back in the Cleveland days before Manny was prone to being himself.

As for the White Sox, the deal was mostly about money, especially considering what they got in return from L.A. -- Justin Fuller -- leaves much to be desired. From SB Nation's South Side Sox:

With the Sox sinking out of the race, facing a September of disappointing turnstile numbers, and little to no hope of the significant influx of cash a playoff appearance provides, Kenny Williams' hand was forced. Well maybe not forced, but certainly coerced. Jerry Reinsdorf operates the White Sox as a business. He likes to say that he didn't get in this business to lose money, which has always made him an easy target for ill-informed talk-radio callers. The Sox were probably over their skis even if they made the playoffs, and certainly are now after the last two weeks of uninspired baseball. Thus, Kenny Williams, who is always looking to buy even when he's selling, was in full dump mode looking to shed payroll and send a message to his underachieving club.

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