10/02/10 11:36 PM ET
Ozzie wants focus to be on topping Twins in '11
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
That theory was supported by Chicago's 5-13 mark against the Twins this season and its dismal 30-40 ledger within the division, entering Saturday's game against the Indians.
"If we're going to compete, we have to build a team to beat Minnesota. I said that in Spring Training, and people thought I was crazy," Guillen said. "There's one thing about baseball, or myself -- maybe the way I am, what I do, the way I talk -- when I say something, people don't really believe it.
"When Minnesota lost [closer Joe] Nathan, I said, 'Don't worry about it. They don't need Nathan. It's a big miss, but they're not going to need him.' I wish people would go back and read what I [said], how they'll be good.
"Last night, I was talking to [bench coach] Joey [Cora], and I said, 'Look at that. [Twins reliever Jesse] Crain gave up six runs against Toronto. We can't even hit a foul ball against him.' That's the way it is.
"[The Twins are] very, very professional guys. They're better than us," Guillen said. "A lot of people say we have to build a team to pass New York and Boston in the past. To get there, you've got to beat Minnesota."
Walker yet to decide if he'll return to coach
CHICAGO -- Even with Ozzie Guillen firmly entrenched as manager for the 2011 season, White Sox hitting coach Greg Walker has yet to decide if he will be returning.
"I never make a decision before getting away from baseball," said Walker, who originally spoke about his pending decision a few weeks ago to the Sun-Times, before Guillen's return was made official.
"Ozzie wants me to come back," Walker said. "Our coaching staff and manager are clicking as good as we ever have. Our manager has had a great year. Our coaching staff has fought the fight. We are a very close-knit group. I would miss that very much, but my family comes first."
Walker's present hedging on returning for his eighth full season certainly doesn't mean the White Sox will be shopping for a new hitting coach. As Walker explained, he simply likes to get away at the end of the season, "go out in the woods in Georgia and chill," before making a decision.
That process follows whether Walker has three years on a present deal or one year. He'll certainly run the final call by his family, but Walker pointed out that he also has a baseball family in Chicago to consider.
"This is part of my family, too, so it enters into the equation," said Walker of his love for the White Sox. "I never make any decisions until the season is over. I love this job, I love the players and I love our staff.
"Chicago -- it's my home. But I don't rush into it because I don't have to. I've done other things, so I know I'm capable of doing other things. I still have a great deal of passion for this job. Over the years, we've gotten good at what we do here, and we are getting better every year. So, that's where I'm at."
Teahen to prepare for many roles in offseason
CHICAGO -- When Mark Teahen was getting ready for Spring Training during the past offseason, he focused solely on third-base preparation.
"[White Sox general manager] Kenny [Williams] told me I was going to play third, so that's what I worked on," Teahen said.
His work moving toward Spring Training next year will have a slightly broader focus. Although Teahen started the year as Chicago's everyday third baseman, he lost the job due to a fractured right finger suffered against the Rays on the last day of May.
Omar Vizquel took over, and his defense and timely hitting kept him in that spot even when Teahen returned. Now, Brent Morel and his slick glove work have caused Guillen to anoint the 22-year-old as the favorite to start at the hot corner next season.
So, Teahen looks headed for a move back to his jack-of-all-trades, super-sub job, which he handled so well with the Royals.
"I'm going to work this offseason to be ready to play third base, or the outfield, or first base or whatever," Teahen said. "I've done that before, and I'll prepare to be ready to play wherever.
"Brent has done a great job, and it only makes our team better to have more good players. I don't question my ability to play there at the big league level. At the same time, if [Morel] is going to come in and do that, then I need to be able to play some other places, too."
Teahen has two years and $10.25 million left on his three-year extension, which he agreed to last December. He echoed a sentiment Williams expressed recently to MLB.com, in that injuries starting back in Spring Training prevented him from getting into a flow this season.
Nonetheless, he's focusing on the team first and accepting of whatever is planned.
"Roles change, so I'll work on different things and play wherever it might be," said Teahen, who is hitting .257 after Chiacgo's 6-2 victory on Saturday and has played third base, right field and first base in 2010.
"Right now, we have a third baseman, that's my opinion," said Guillen of Morel. "We will find a place for Teahen. He hit .270, good at-bats -- he started very slow and he struggled at third base. But we'll see what we're going to do with Morel. I think Morel should be our third baseman in the future."
Reinsdorf makes appearance in the clubhouse
CHICAGO -- White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf made a brief appearance in the White Sox clubhouse before Saturday's contest with Cleveland and spoke privately with Paul Konerko at his locker.
The media slowly moved toward the conversation and jokingly asked Reinsdorf afterward if the coveted free agent said yes, as if a contract had been offered.
Reinsdorf smiled and said he did.
"But you don't know the question," said Reinsdorf, before walking away.
Third to first
Juan Pierre will become just the second player in Major League history to lead both leagues in stolen bases during his career. Ron LeFlore accomplished this feat in 1978 with the Tigers and 1980 with the Expos. Pierre tied Jimmy Rollins for the National League lead in 2001 and was No. 1 in the NL with Florida in 2003. ... Manager Ozzie Guillen sits just one win short of 600 for his career ... Omar Vizquel still needs one hit to reach 2,800 for his career. ... The White Sox have an 8-9 record against Cleveland.
Scott Merkin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.