Frustration boiling over for Guillen after latest loss

Updated: June 20, 2007, 5:42 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

The 2005 World Series championship the Chicago White Sox won is becoming a distant memory for manager Ozzie Guillen, whose frustration with a woeful start to the 2007 season is beginning to boil over.

We have to apologize to the fans watching this thing because I'm tired of watching this day in and day out. ... Wow. You thought I was a good manager. Well, look at me now. I'm not that good. You're as good as your players are.

Ozzie Guillen

The White Sox have lost 19 of 24 and Guillen was highly agitated by his team's performance on Tuesday -- a 7-5 loss at home to the Marlins. The manager questioned whether his players still believe in themselves.

"It's a joke," Guillen said before the White Sox went out and lost 5-4 to the Marlins on Wednesday afternoon. "Every day we see the same stuff, every day we see the same team. We have a couple of hopes here and there and get a little excited and the next day we go backward.

"We have to apologize to the fans watching this thing because I'm tired of watching this day in and day out. ... Wow. You thought I was a good manager. Well, look at me now. I'm not that good. You're as good as your players are."

The White Sox (29-38) are 11 games behind AL Central co-leaders Cleveland and Detroit and only two ahead of last-place Kansas City. In the wild-card standings, the White Sox are also 11 out -- and 1½ game behind Tampa Bay.

''I have faith in these guys, and 35,000 people in the ninth inning are rooting for us, but they go home disappointed. I don't think [the players] have faith in themselves. ... I hope they believe in themselves. If the talent wasn't there, I wouldn't say this. If the talent wasn't there, we'd go in a different direction," Guillen told reporters.

''I'm tired of being positive. They'll blame the coaching staff and the manager and [owner] Jerry Reinsdorf and [general manager] Kenny Williams, but blame the players, too. I'll take the blame because I run the club, but every move I've been making so far is the wrong one because [the players] are not supporting it."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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