Ozzie Guillen Deserves Another Managerial Opportunity

With three managerial openings, should one of the teams take a chance on the former White Sox skipper?

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With the news of the Astros’ 2017 World Series team using video to steal signs, three managerial jobs have opened with less than a month until Spring Training.

The Astros started the domino effect by firing manager A.J. Hinch, who was the manager for their World Series title in 2017. Next, the Red Sox fired manager Alex Cora, who was the bench coach of the 2017 Astros. To cap it all off, the Mets fired newly hired manager Carlos Beltran, who was a player for that 2017 Astros team. With all three teams starting their search for a new manager in the last few days, a fan favorite on the South Side chimed in.

I’m not sure how serious Ozzie is in his reply along with his desire to get back into managing, but he deserves another opportunity. Ozzie managed the White Sox for eight seasons from 2004 to 2011. He went 678-617 during that span, winning two division titles, an American League Pennant, and a World Series title.

After 2011, the White Sox parted ways with Guillen. Ozzie was not jobless for long, as the newly named Miami Marlins signed him to a three-year deal. The Marlins continued a flashy offseason by signing Jose Reyes, Carlos Zambrano, and White Sox great Mark Buehrle. Unfortunately for Guillen, his Marlins tenure only lasted one season as the team underachieved and finished with a 69-93 record. One of the reasons Guillen may have gotten the boot was because of his comments about Fidel Castro in a heavily Cuban populated city like Miami.

“I respect Fidel Castro. You know why? A lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 60 years, but that (expletive) is still here.”

Ozzie had a different style of managing. He told the media, fans, and players exactly what was on his mind no matter what. As we see in sports today, it is hard to find a coach or manager who will show genuine emotion like Ozzie did 24/7. His comments about Castro were not taken well, and rightfully so, but they should not have closed the book on Guillen’s managerial career.

It has been seven years without Ozzie in baseball, and that’s seven years too long. Ozzie can bring a team together and make them mesh, as we witnessed on the South Side in 2005. He accomplished a lot for a White Sox franchise that hasn’t sniffed the playoffs since he was fired. If I was a front office member of the Astros, Red Sox, or Mets, I would seriously consider interviewing Ozzie. He deserves another shot after basically just one managerial gig in his career. If anyone can make a franchise quickly forget about their former manager and their wrongdoings, it’s Ozzie.


Featured Photo: Nuccio DiNuzzo/Chicago Tribune

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