Ozzie Guillen chuckled when asked about the relentless criticism he received from ESPN commentator Jeff Brantley for his handling of the pitching staff during Monday’s 5-4 victory over the Angels.
“I just laugh because people get paid to do their job, and I do my job the best I can to win games,” Guillen said Tuesday, one day after Brantley questioned a series of moves Guillen made that led to the tying and go-ahead runs in the top of the ninth inning.
Brantley (above) had described Guillen’s moves as “straight bullpen mismanagement.”
“That’s why they’re sitting behind the desk, and I’m here managing,” Guillen said. “That’s all I can tell you.”
Guillen’s main gripe with Brantley was that his moves were consistent with what he has done the first two months of this season.
He said he let starter Mark Buehrle start the ninth inning, partly because he wanted to save left-handed reliever Damaso Marte in case the Angels employed three left-handed pinch-hitters.
Guillen said Marte was effective primarily against the Angels’ lefties in an 11-inning victory May 24.
“People get paid to criticize or say what they feel,” Guillen said. “It’s easy when you’re not here to feel what you feel. If you’ve seen the team play all year long, that’s the way we’ve been handling the pitching staff.”
Guillen was glad he absorbed the brunt of the criticism rather than his players.
“Good, that’s why I’m the manager,” Guillen said. “I get paid the money to get criticized. It’s easy to get criticized in baseball, it’s part of the game.”
Brantley taped a segment in front of the Sox’s dugout Tuesday but left before the Sox took batting practice.
Brantley, however, was seen on “Sportscenter” earlier this evening echoing his criticism of Guillen, harping on Dustin Hermanson being asked to warm up in the bullpen two nights in a row but not used on either occasion. That Chicago won both of the games in question did little to mollify Brantley, who predicted, Nostradumbass-style, that Guillen’s failure to properly utilize his closer would cost the White Sox at a later date.