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Guillen out as White Sox manager, Marlins next?

Posted on: September 26, 2011 8:56 pm
Edited on: September 27, 2011 8:40 am

By Matt Snyder

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen has managed his last game for the White Sox. The White Sox have released Guillen from his contract -- which ran through 2012 -- but retain rights to his compensation. They announced the move after the White Sox beat the Blue Jays on Monday night. Prior to the game, Guillen had met with owner Jerry Reinsdorf for a half-hour, with Guillen saying he wanted to return but would only do so with a contract extension.

Guillen has long been rumored to be on the wish list of the Florida Marlins, especially now as they look for a fresh start heading into a new stadium for 2012. Earlier Monday night, Guillen had a colorful session with media before the White Sox hosted the Blue Jays. Now, a rumor has surfaced that Guillen is headed to the Marlins. Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting the White Sox are in talks with the Marlins to send Guillen to Miami -- citing "multiple sources." Nothing official has happened yet, though.

The Marlins have a managerial vacancy as Jack McKeon is retiring at the conclusion of this season.

Guillen Leaves White Sox
While very rare, it's not without precedent for a player to be traded for a manager, albeit unofficially. Tampa Bay sent outfielder Randy Winn to the Mariners for little return in 2002, but manager Lou Piniella went back to the then-Devil Rays as compensation. Last offseason, the big rumor was that the White Sox sought promising young outfielder Logan Morrison in return for Guillen, but the Marlins wouldn't cough up that much. Under the current circumstances, it's very doubtful the White Sox could get anything even close to a player of Morrison's caliber.

The Marlins are ready to make a big splash this coming offseason in anticipation of changing their name to the Miami Marlins, getting a new logo and moving into a new home. One report indicated they plan a huge movement in free agency, with increasing the payroll to close to $100 million a possibility.

Bringing in a manager with Guillen's pedigree would only increase the excitement in Miami.

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Posted on: December 7, 2011 7:30 pm

Guillen out as White Sox manager, Marlins next?

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Since: Aug 6, 2008
Posted on: September 27, 2011 12:02 pm

Guillen out as White Sox manager, Marlins next?

Ozzie was fantastic at one thing in Chickago, keeping the media off the team.  Ozzie used the players he had, why do you think he was at war with the GM?  2005 would have never happened any other way.  The Marlins will love Ozzie as much as the Sox.

Since: Oct 8, 2010
Posted on: September 27, 2011 10:27 am

Guillen out as White Sox manager, Marlins next?

Fine player. Less than a fair to Midland manager. Ozzie's inclination to make the entire show about himself instead of the team is the thing I find most grating and unforgiveable.  Thankfully the Chicago sportswriters really gave it to him good down the stretch run. I hope he is a disaster in Miami.

Since: Sep 3, 2006
Posted on: September 27, 2011 9:48 am

Guillen out as White Sox manager, Marlins next?

"I really don't like the White Sox but any organization that pays douche bag Guillen for over 20 years millions of dollars deserves better than to be disrepsected by this ingrateful weasel.  Ozzie is an egotistical butt plug who feels he is responsible for the White Sox winning the World Series in 2005.  I cannot recall every detail of the 2005 season for the White Sox but how many games, put outs, or at bats did Ozzie partake in for the White Sox?"

So according to you there should not be any Managers at all, or there should only be a Manager when a team loses so you have someone to blame?

Since: Jun 16, 2011
Posted on: September 27, 2011 9:43 am

Guillen out as White Sox manager, Marlins next?

I think Ozzie would be a great fit in Florida.  I can see the headlines now, 'Morrison fined $100,000 for tweeting - traded.', 'Ramirez Reacts to Fire Under Ass - Wins Triple Crown!' and 'Ozzie Guillen Wins Race for Mayor!'.

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: September 27, 2011 9:29 am

Guillen out as White Sox manager, Marlins next?

I have always loved Ozzie, ever since he came to the Sox in
a trade, and that opening day when he played SS. I have many fond memories of
him at SS for the Sox.

When he became manager I was thrilled. He was as exciting
when he managed as when he played. And as a Sox fan, he helped give me my
biggest thrill when the won in ’05. He deserves a big place in White Sox
history for that feat, something I will never forget.

Ozzie has his faults too, he has a big mouth at times, he
doesn’t use young players as much as he should, is too loyal to others who don’t
deserve to play as much as he lets them. His “Sunday lineups” were never a good
idea, even in ’05. And he was often given a pass in Chicago when he spoke out
of turn, it was always “Ozzie being Ozzie”.

Overall though I think Ozzie is a good manager, great
motivator for his team, and can be quite charming to the fans. I think generally
he will be missed in Chicago; I will miss him, and wish him the best.

Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: September 27, 2011 9:09 am

Guillen out as White Sox manager, Marlins next?

Absolutely willie_wildcat. Ozzie has been White Sox through and through. I am not convinced he is a good manager as such, but in Chicago he has the history and the passion. I doubt he will be of much value to any other club to be honest, but maybe time will prove me wrong. I am sad to see him go but it is hardly a surprise. Interesting to see who replaces him. Big moment to get it oh so right, or horribly wrong...

I am willing to listen to offers, should they be forthcoming :-)

Since: Nov 1, 2008
Posted on: September 27, 2011 9:02 am

Guillen out as White Sox manager, Marlins next?

The only tie Ozzie has to SoFla is that he has a house in Dade.
I'm not a Marlins fan but I'm pretty sure he was a 3rd base coach for the 03 Marlins team that won the WS.

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