Staff expected to return intact in '10
GM Williams understands players determine on-field success
CHICAGO -- For those curious as to whether the present White Sox coaching staff will come back intact in 2010, general manager Ken Williams gave a clear hint in the affirmative when questioned about the matter on Wednesday.
"I got them all upstairs right now and we're talking about the future as we speak," Williams said. "We're talking upstairs now, giving us all input and I expect everyone to be back.
"But [manager] Ozzie [Guillen] and I still have to reserve that official comment when Ozzie and I sit down and talk about the staff. We have not had one conversation about getting rid of anyone."
Hitting coach Greg Walker once again has become the hot button issue and center of criticism for White Sox fans, with the offense struggling mightily, especially in the second half. The White Sox entered Wednesday's series finale with Minnesota holding the lowest home average in the American League at .252, while being shut out an AL-high 13 times.
The White Sox rank 11th overall in the AL in slugging percentage, and 12th in average, runs scored and runs per game. Yet, Williams and the White Sox hitters will attest to Walker's strong work ethic and positive influence, meaning he should be back in 2010, barring Walker deciding to the contrary.
"Listen, he's doing everything he can to get the hitters in a proper mindset, the proper hitting position, to have success," said Williams of Walker. "We give them information from advanced scouting, we have video capabilities to where the guys study not only their swing, but the opposition's pitcher.
"I've had conversation after conversation with Greg in terms of what he's teaching, how he's teaching it. He's open-minded to using the rest of the coaching staff, who are accomplished hitting guys in their own right, Harold Baines and Joey Cora and Ozzie, as well as his input.
"So it's not a one-guy thing. I don't think you can put it on one guy," Williams said. "At the end of the day, it's the players that make you look smart or make you look dumb, and right now we're all not looking too smart."
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.