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Ozzie Guillen talks about his future, Cubs vacancy

Sep 26, 2010, 10:58 AM EDT

The baseball world seems to have a love-hate relationship with White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen.  He’s honest, and we all like honesty.  Or, at least we pretend to like honesty.  But he’s also loud and somewhat egotistical, and maybe even a little crazy.

Guillen let loose on Saturday when asked about his future with the White Sox and whether he had any interest in heading to the north side of Chicago next season.  Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times has the goods.

“If [owner] Jerry [Reinsdorf] don’t want me, yes,” Guillen said. “My position was I would
never sign another place and leave the White Sox for the Cubs because of
the respect for Jerry. But if Jerry is leaving me? I not leaving them,
they are leaving me. Then, I have a choice to make. Everything is out
there.  As soon as you get divorced, you are free to do whatever you want.”

Guillen made sure to explain this his “first, second and third” choice would be to remain with the White Sox.  But he wants a commitment from the team and the speculation that he might be let go has clearly found its way under his skin.

The White Sox will miss the playoffs this year for a second consecutive season.  Still, our guess is that he stays.  Reinsdorf likes him, general manager Kenny Williams likes him, and players seem to enjoy playing for him.  Plus, it’s not like the White Sox were completely out of contention all year.  The Twins simply ran away with the division crown down the stretch.

  1. Old Gator - Sep 26, 2010 at 2:01 PM

    I’m sure that Willie Lohman is glad to hear that Ozzie is not only liked, but well liked, in Chicago. Even so, he’s not half as glad as me. All this horrible speculation about Ozzie leading the Feesh was getting under my scales.

  2. Pisano - Sep 26, 2010 at 5:53 PM

    Good Gator , but I have a better idea , how about Ozzie managing a team in South America , that will make us all happy .

  3. Old Gator - Sep 26, 2010 at 8:14 PM

    Most countries down there are unstable enough already.
    .
    Venezuela, maybe?

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