|Sunday, July 14
Williams meets with Manuel, says he 'won't be fired'
DETROIT -- Chicago White Sox general manager Kenny Williams met with Jerry Manuel for 45 minutes Sunday and said his manager's job is safe.
''Jerry Manuel is the manager of the Chicago White Sox. He will not be fired,'' Williams said before Sunday's 6-4 victory at Detroit. ''I have confidence in him. Absolutely.''
Questions about Manuel's future came up after Saturday afternoon's 5-3 loss to the Tigers in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.
''I'm sure (firing) enters upper management's mind with the things we're going through right now,'' Manuel said between games. ''I understand that. I understand that's part of what comes with a team not reaching what you thought was (its) expectations.''
On Sunday, Manuel said he wasn't worried about his future at the time.
''When you are asked questions, you have to answer them honestly,'' he said. ''That's all I was doing (Saturday). There are times when people in upper management have to look at different scenarios and all of the different options, and I didn't think I was immune to those.''
The White Sox are in second place in the AL Central, nine games behind Minnesota and five games under .500.
''The most frustrating part is the talent level is such that you keep waiting for a turnaround,'' Williams said. ''If we had the answers, we would have taken steps by now.''
Pitcher Jon Garland said he wasn't going to worry about any possible changes.
''You can't worry about that kind of stuff, because then you get away from the game,'' he said. ''You can't let that happen. You have a job. You have to go out everyday and do it.''
Three AL Central teams have fired managers this season, the latest being the Cleveland Indians, who fired Charlie Manuel on Thursday.