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    What have I seen from Rios? A lot of outs. The only batting ninth guy making $5 million was me. This mother [bleeper] is making $10, $12, $14 million, he ain't going to be batting ninth [in 2010]. I'm going to make sure he earns his money. But right now I have to put him there because he's struggling. Next year, if we have Rios batting ninth we're in deep [crap] once again.'
    Awesome...just awesome.

  • #2
    Originally posted by babaganoosh View Post
    Awesome...just awesome.
    I guess this is our payback for Mike Sirotka!


    • #3
      Ozzie calls them like he sees them.
      Buck O'Neil: The Monarch of Baseball


      • #4
        Ouch. Rios making his mark in Chicago already.


        • #5
          Scout says Chicago White Sox's Alex Rios is 'a teaser'
          One scout calls struggling Rios 'a teaser,' but Guillen backs him

          By Mark Gonzales Tribune reporter

          September 15, 2009

          Right fielder Alex Rios almost over runs Kevin Youklis' single in the first. (Phil Velasquez, Chicago Tribune / September 7, 2009)

          SEATTLE -- The White Sox have seen Alex Rios chase down fly balls, make accurate throws and display the ability to hit home runs off formidable pitchers such as American League Cy Young Award candidate Zack Greinke.

          But in the eyes of three scouts who have seen him dating back to previous years in Toronto, those abilities might be as good as it gets for the Sox.

          "He's a teaser," one National League scout said Sunday. "He can get you fired."

          After being awarded Rios on a waiver claim on Aug. 10, Sox general manager Ken Williams quipped he and Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf "might need second jobs" if the acquisitions of Rios and pitcher Jake Peavy didn't work out.

          Rios' struggles, however, are no joking matter, especially when the Sox expected him to jump-start a struggling lineup and give them a more athletic middle-of-the-order run producer through 2014.

          The Sox owe Rios, 28, $59.7 million from 2010 to '14. That's a scary responsibility for paying a two-time AL All-Star who is batting .144 (13-for-90) since joining the Sox and has produced only five extra-base hits.

          Rios said the Sox recently obtained videotapes of his 2006 and '07 seasons with Toronto, when he hit .299 with 76 doubles, 41 home runs and 167 RBIs, convincing the Blue Jays to give him a seven-year contract.

          As with Peavy coming off an injury, the Sox would like to see Rios show a semblance of his success before the 2009 season ends.

          So would Rios.

          "When you try to do something right and it doesn't happen the way you want it, it's frustrating," Rios said. "But what can you do? Keep working hard and not quit. That's the only thing you can do."

          Those comments at least remedied a concern one scout expressed shortly after the Sox acquired Rios.

          " Ozzie [Guillen's] biggest task will be getting him to play," an NL scout said at the time.

          "What have I seen from Rios? A lot of outs," Guillen said. "I think he's putting pressure on himself. I think he came in and said, 'This is the man to change the White Sox.' No, we got him because we need a center fielder. We got him because we like the way he plays."

          Three scouts who saw Rios last weekend in Anaheim were stunned.

          "He's not the only one struggling in that lineup, but you figured he wouldn't be this bad for so long," one scout said.

          "Sliders eat him up," another scout said.

          Yet Rios' abilities have attracted interest from various teams. Two winters ago, the Giants were linked to Rios in talks involving pitchers Matt Cain or Tim Lincecum.

          With a .242 batting average, Rios knows there's only so much he can accomplish for the rest of the 2009 season.

          "I can't say that [a hot streak] is going to salvage everything, but it can be a boost to the team and improve our record and chances to get to the playoffs," Rios said.

          Those sliders down & away have always been Rios' bugaboo - and always will be. I really don't miss that long swing these days. Rios is a perfect example of the classic mistake hitter; He's useless against down-and-away breaking balls and hard stuff inside. Vernon Wells is another one of these types of hitters. Only the elite guys are the ones who can hit pitchers pitches with authority.
          Last edited by Greg Maddux's Biggest Fan; 09-16-2009, 06:13 PM.


          • #6
            Originally posted by Woodman19 View Post
            I guess this is our payback for Mike Sirotka!
            haha these were my thoughts exactly when I read these comments. boy, im glad i don't have to watch him play on my favorite team anymore.


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