Guillen realizes son had to move on

Guillen realizes son had to move on

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- During a 21-minute conversation with the media Saturday morning at Camelback Ranch, Ozzie Guillen admitted that Oney, his 24-year-old middle son, made a mistake in being too harsh and overstepping organizational guidelines via his Twitter account while employed by the team.

After a Friday-morning conversation with White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf and general manager Ken Williams, Guillen told his son to resign his post as Minor League video coordinator and move on to other ventures.

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"It's hard when you see your kids and tell them, 'I just told the people you got to resign,'" said Guillen, who walked out of the White Sox complex on Friday without speaking with the media. "I think that's the hardest thing I ever did in my life.

"I feel very sick all game because I never thought I was going to be in that situation. I think Oney knows baseball more than a lot of people in the game. When your kid's wrong or right ... I thank God my kid was wrong in that and not doing drugs or stupid stuff out there. You got to be the first to admit it.

"He's getting paid by the White Sox, and he has to respect the rules of the White Sox. He has to respect Jerry Reinsdorf. That's the most important person in the organization. If you don't respect Jerry, you don't respect myself.

"That's what my kid did, and like I say, people learn by mistakes. He'll find a lot of jobs. They were calling left and right a couple of days ago."

Oney told on Saturday morning that he plans to continue on with the Sunday night radio show with Ozzie Jr. on WSCR 670 AM, the White Sox flagship station, and might want to get into radio as a profession. He also has talked to a few agencies representing Major League players.

After Oney resigned his White Sox post on Friday, he let loose with some critical Tweets about the organization. That pointed candor will not stop now that he no longer works for the club.

"Nope. A lot of people Tweet bad about this club. A lot," Guillen said. "You cannot Tweet or talk bad about this team while you're getting paid by this organization. And he was getting paid by the White Sox.

"Now he's not getting paid by the White Sox. He can say anything about the team. That's Oney's problem, as long as you don't name Jerry.

"Another thing, he's my son and will be in the clubhouse any time he wants. The day they tell me my son won't be in the clubhouse, I'll resign. I don't care what it is. As soon as they tell me they can't be in the clubhouse, I go home and take my [stuff] and leave."

That said, neither Guillen nor Williams believes their relationship has been harmed.

"The way we run things here is we have an all-inclusive management style," Williams said to reporters during Saturday's game. "That means we spend a lot of time with each other in the work environment and the social environment. As a residual effect, there is going to come a certain amount of disagreements.

"But that's one of the main reasons why Ozzie was hired in the first place. I knew he was not afraid to challenge his players and disagree with me. This notion that there is ... we will tell you, we are honest enough people, if it gets to that point, you won't have to guess or ask questions."

One thing they both agree on is that the focus should return to a team holding the chance to do something special in 2010.

"I told my kids: Every day you walk, you represent your mom, you represent myself," Guillen said. "And every mistake you make, that gets back to us.

"When you're not right, you're not right. That's why I made the decision. I made the decision. It was not Kenny, it was not Jerry, it was not [vice president, communications] Scott Reifert. It was myself made that decision for them, because I don't want to come here every day and feel uncomfortable about anything.

"What's today, the 20th? It's time to talk about how good [Jake] Peavy is, how good [Gordon] Beckham is and how good my ballclub is going to play. Everyone should be behind us and hopefully in November, we're celebrating with a trophy and have a nice book about how this season began. The White Sox players deserve and earn to talk about the team, [not] about Ozzie and Kenny and Jerry, anybody."

"I care about putting this team together and getting these guys ready to play a championship season," Williams said. "That's all I care about. The other peripheral things, I don't have time for."

Scott Merkin is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.