Guillen tips his cap to Boston
White Sox skipper impressed by players' support for coaches
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Ozzie Guillen applauded the move by Red Sox players on Wednesday, after they delayed the start of their Grapefruit League finale with the Blue Jays following a misunderstanding over whether Boston's coaching, training and clubhouse staffs would receive stipends for making the upcoming trip to Tokyo.
"I tip my cap to the Boston Red Sox players, and I don't know who else," Guillen said. "God bless them, because now we find out that a few players care about the coaching staff and there's something hopefully in the long shot -- coaches start making more money.
"[White Sox general manager] Kenny [Williams] and [White Sox chairman] Jerry [Reinsdorf] take care of the coaches here. I think Kenny emphasizes to take care of the coaching staff in the Minor League and Major League level.
Said Guillen, who coached for both the Expos and Marlins and remains a strong advocate of baseball coaches, in general: "We need to get it done, and that's a first step to a big step coming up. And maybe coaching will feel part of baseball. I always say coaches are underpaid, no matter how much money they make."
The White Sox manager pointed out the long hours worked by his coaches, especially during Spring Training, for pay which is not always commensurate with said work. Guillen also remained confidently behind his players to take the same sort of stand as Boston if the situation happened to the White Sox.
"If they don't do the same stuff, we got problems," Guillen said. "If that happened to the White Sox and the players wanted to go, they go by themselves. They get someone to throw them batting practice when they're there. I don't have any doubts that everyone here would do the same stuff the Boston Red Sox did. I expect that."
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.