Lance Lynn has become the second player to confirm issues with the culture and leadership inside the White Sox organization.
Former reliever Keynan Middleton originally made headlines late Sunday night when ESPN’s Jesse Rogers published an interview that contained damning comments. The report details everything from a lack of accountability by the White Sox all the way down to players sleeping in the bullpen during games.
While Middleton was with the White Sox for just half a season before a deadline trade to the Yankees, Lynn played with the club since the start of 2021. The Dodgers’ new starting pitcher made sure to emphasize that detail when discussing Middleton’s comments by saying, “I was there a lot longer than Key was. He’s not wrong.”
That wasn’t all.
Lynn also appeared on the Foul Territory Podcast, notably co-hosted by former White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski, where he seemingly confirmed Middleton’s criticisms yet again.
“I can tell you what [Keynan Middleton] was wrong about,” Lynn replied when asked by Pierzynski if he had any thoughts on the comments. Lynn proceeded to remain silent while biting his tongue through a smile, implying the allegations were accurate.
What makes this somewhat interesting is that Middleton pointed at veteran players leaving for the World Baseball Classic, particularly Lynn and Kendall Graveman, as one of the reasons why the team’s culture didn’t develop during Spring Training under first-year manager Pedro Grifol.
“If you’re trying to create culture, you need your big dogs. The guys who played in the WBC were our big dogs, and those are the guys I feel like can police the things that are happening.
“There was no jelling of the team. We’re supposed to find our identity in spring training so we can roll out for the season. If you don’t find your identity, you’re scuffling from Day 1.”– Former White Sox reliever Keynan Middleton (via ESPN)
Lynn laughed when Pierzynski jokingly used these comments to place the blame on the right-hander for the organizational dysfunction on the South Side.
“It’s all my fault for representing the country,” Lynn said as part of the banter. “Representing the country ruined the White Sox’s season.”
This is just another layer to what has become a true nightmare in terms of the public reception of an already tainted product. GM Rick Hahn attempted to perform damage control during today’s media scrum, claiming inaccuracies with Middleton’s accusations while accepting blame for the team’s culture problems. Though it didn’t seem to be received particularly well, Hahn deserves credit for not running from the issues while more prominent figures, like owner Jerry Reinsdorf, declined to offer any comments.
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