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White Sox Quotes of the Day: Ken Williams, Ozzie Guillen

Some quotes on why the Sox chose Sweeney over Anderson to fill for Pods. Kenny:

[Scott Merkin]

"Ozzie has to play the guys on a daily basis he feels will help him win that day. I give my opinions, but I don't interfere in terms of what he and the coaching staff think are the best lineups and pitching matchups. It's not my place. We just thought Sweeney would give us the best chance to win at the time. We were looking for whoever could give us a little bit of offense and play solid defense at the same time. ... Ryan seems more comfortable. He's getting his hits, but I still believe once he gets his hands in a stronger position and higher up in the launch position, he's then going to start hitting for power, too. He's a good player. He's a well-rounded player, and a great athlete. He will play defense and make smart decisions on the basepaths. He's going to give you quality at-bats and take pitches and run pitch counts."
Ozzie thinks Sweeney has better baseball instincts but Anderson has more raw talent:
"When Ryan goes out there, he has an idea of what he wants to do. The way he takes pitches and approaches and runs the bases, he does a lot of stuff for his own good. Brian just has talent and he doesn't know how to use it. Brian is not a baseball player and this kid is. This kid is mature. Brian, the more he plays, he should be better. Ryan knows what he's doing right now. ... Two different kids. Brian, he went to the game the right way. I'm not going to criticize Brian for who he was. I love him. Everyone should be like that, loosey-goosey. In the meanwhile, you can see the different type of players. Hopefully, they play together one day."
And Kenny on Brian coming back:
"Brian has to earn his way back. I told Brian when he left, it's not about us losing faith in him or losing confidence in his ability. Right now, just as [Paul] Konerko was tested when he had to go back to the Minors in his first trip around the big leagues, just as Aaron Rowand was tested, it's going to be a heck of a test to see what kind of makeup and character he has. To his credit, the reports I've gotten are that he's gone down there not just to better himself and play, but he has taken a leadership role as well. I'm proud of him. It wasn't fair to him. It became obvious we weren't going to get him the at-bats he would need as an individual and we would need as a team for us to be effective. So, that's why we made the move."