White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen and general manager Ken Williams "almost came to blows in a heated shouting match" on Tuesday, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
The root of the dispute was the drafting of Guillen’s son, Ozney. Guillen believed the team let his son slip too far in the draft and was vocal about that. However, the newspaper noted that was just the latest incident in the ongoing drama between the manager and general manager during a disappointing season. And when speaking to the White Sox’s website, Williams didn’t deny that a rift has developed.
"We are both very competitive men, strong-willed men," Williams told the team’s website. "I believe in self-assessment, and I think you have to assess all parts of our operation from top to bottom to determine if it’s, in fact, still a productive working relationship.
"Whether or not the maintenance of that relationship is such that we still have the drive to get through some things and still have the drive to get through some differences … I’m still in that assessment mode for myself, in particular.
"That should not lead to the assumption that I mean that (Guillen) is the one (who may benefit from a change of scenery). If I determine that I am the one that is the cog in the machine, then I am the one who will stand in front of Jerry Reinsdorf and tell him so and step aside. … I will not deny that I am growing weary of the soap opera."