Apparently Ozzie did not feel that Nick Swisher was the best influence on the Chicago White Sox team last season, especially during his half-a-season long slump.
“You’ve got to ask the players about that,” Guillen told the Chicago Tribune. “To be honest with you, I was not happy with the way he was reacting at the end of the season. He wasn’t helping me either.”
Swisher batted just .219 with 24 homers and 69 RBI in 153 games last season. The worst of it came after the all-star break when Swisher managed to hit only .191. Guillen then limited his at-bat appearances, especially in September
“It was hard because when we brought him here, a lot of people were excited (that) he would have a great career with the White Sox,” Guillen added. “But we got to the point that we went through the roster … and we had a right fielder, left fielder, first baseman and DH. It was hard for us to find a place for him.”
The White Sox acquired Swisher from Oakland in Jan. 2008 and traded him to the Yankees for Wilson Betemit in November.