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    THE CHAIRMAN SPEAKS

    Post by sox55 on Fri Jun 10, 2016 12:50 am

    Steve Rosenbloom[

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    Let’s start with the chairman calling his baseball team “miserable failures.’’
    Yes, the chairman said that, and that’s an excellent place to start after James Shields’ laughable White Sox debut at U.S. What A Joke Field on Wednesday night. The pitcher touted as an innings-eater ate two -- count ‘em, two -- innings while giving up seven earned runs, and like that, “Big Shame James’’ helped the Sox plummet below .500 for the first time this season.
    And so, it turns out that outfielder J.B. Shuck is better at saving the bullpen than Shields is, and Shuck can do it for a lot less than $27 million.
    Naturally, this will lead to louder calls to fire the manager because Robin Ventura has continued to make the big mistake of playing the guys the general manager gave him.




    But let’s get back to the chairman. When the chairman talks, it matters. It’s important. It resounds. The chairman had some harsh things to say. Like this:
    “It’s been embarrassing. I don’t know how else to put it.’’
    “I’m a very competitive individual. I think I’ve won a lot more than lost in my life. This baseball experience has been very frustrating, very embarrassing.’’
    If you’re expecting the manager to get launched right now, the chairman wasn’t dumping the blame there.
    “In terms of the manager and coaching staff, we’ve got as good a group or a better group than I’ve seen. They’re all doing what they need to do. Part of it is on the players.
    “To have a starter like Shields perform as poorly as he did yesterday is an embarrassment to the team, an embarrassment to him.
    “It’s on the player, but the organization has to accept responsibility for probably having the wrong players. We don’t have a team out there right now that is competing effectively. We’re doing everything we can going into the draft and looking at international signings to get some guys who can get us there.’’


    The task of bringing the right players into the organization and giving the manager a chance to win is the responsibility of the general manager. The chairman addressed the GM’s work.
    “I will say he has done a spectacular job of building the player-development area. I think the players we have in the farm system now as a group are stronger than they have been before.
    “We rolled the dice with him on some major league signings, major league trades. We collectively have to look at that and say it didn’t come together as well as we wanted.’’
    Not everyone will agree with the chairman’s words. That’s always the case. You might agree with some of what was said, depending where you want to place the blame for the mess.
    But everybody would probably agree with all of the frustration expressed by the chairman.

    Oh, by the way, the chairman who uttered those quotes was Ron Fowler. He’s the bossman of the Padres, the team that dumped Shields on the Sox. The Padres are 25-36, just six games back of the Sox in the loss column. Fowler delivered his diatribe about his “miserable failures’’ on San Diego radio last week.
    But it could’ve been Jerry Reinsdorf last week. It should be Jerry Reinsdorf today.

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