Rumor: Williams, Not Manuel Could be Gone

Posted May 6, 2003

(SN Report #482) - In what would be a shocking turn of events, sources within the White Sox have reported that manager Jerry Manuel won't be the one to lose his job, but instead general manager Kenny Williams.

According to sources, Williams has been forced by the Sox' brass to resign and take another job within the organization, or get fired. The team was expected to announce the move on Monday, but held it up for an unknown reason.

Apparently the White Sox are unhappy with Williams who, according to reports, has been far too involved with the team and has interfered with Manuel's job.

There is no word on who would take Williams place if he does in fact resign, but three possibilities would be assistant general manager Rick Hahn, senior director of player development Duane Shaffer and director of player developement Bob Fontaine, Jr.

The move wouldn't put Manuel in the clear, however, as he, along with hitting coach Gary Ward, is still being looked at with a close eye.

All these moves are stemming from the Sox' dissapointing 15-16 record and low .244 team batting average (12th in the AL).

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