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White Sox Say Ozzie Is Wrong

The White Sox issued a team statement regarding manager Ozzie Guillen’s comments on how Latino players are treated as compared to Asian players. It’s very rare for a club to publicly rebuke a manager in this fashion; this Sun-Times article quotes the release (it does not appear to be available on the White Sox website list of press releases):

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“Ozzie certainly has his own experiences as a player, coach and manager, and is entitled to his own opinions, but the Chicago White Sox believe his views are incorrect,” according to a statement released by the team.

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“The White Sox do not agree with the assumptions Ozzie made in his comments yesterday,‘’ the Sox statement said. ’’Major League Baseball and the White Sox provide a number of programs to help our foreign players with acculturation, including English language classes and Spanish language presentations related to the risks of and testing for performance-enhancing drugs.

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“Ozzie may not have been fully aware of all of the industrywide efforts made by Major League Baseball and its clubs to help our players succeed in the transition to professional baseball, no matter the level of play or their country of origin.”

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The White Sox are in first place; that may be the only reason Ozzie is still employed by them this morning.