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White Sox ready to part ways with manager Ozzie Guillen?

Sep 15, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

Ozzie Guillen AP

Ozzie Guillen’s future in Chicago has been speculated about constantly for years now, but Ken Rosenthal of thinks the White Sox may actually be ready to fire him after eight seasons as manager.

Rosenthal quotes an unnamed source as saying that the chances of Guillen returning to the White Sox in 2012 have dropped from 95 percent to 50 percent to 10 percent in recent weeks, and Guillen previously made it very clear that he doesn’t want to manage next season without a contract extension.

Toss in Guillen’s increasingly outspoken criticisms of the team’s performance and general manager Ken Williams’ reported shouting match with hitting coach Greg Walker and … well, there’s definitely plenty of writing on the wall. In fact, that same source told Rosenthal that Guillen’s relationship with Williams is “unsalvageable.”

Guillen has been linked to the Marlins for a long time and Rosenthal speculates that the two sides could rekindle trade discussions that fizzled last offseason when the White Sox reportedly asked for Logan Morrison in return. Presumably they’d accept a whole lot less this time around, particularly since Guillen has just one year remaining on his contract and Williams may want him gone anyway.

  1. shaggylocks - Sep 15, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    I hope this happens, only because there’s something kind of novel and exciting about trading a manager.

    • Old Gator - Sep 15, 2011 at 2:30 PM

      A bit like receiving a transplant organ from a recent cadaver in this particular case.

      • Old Gator - Sep 15, 2011 at 2:43 PM

        Oh yeah, I forgot – just to extenuate my metaphor a little, let’s be sure to leave Slobbering Ozzie’s lithopedions back in the cadaver this time around.

      • Francisco (FC) - Sep 15, 2011 at 3:54 PM

        considering you almost have a cadaver for a manager isn’t that appropriate?

      • Old Gator - Sep 15, 2011 at 4:52 PM

        One was enough. Look, I can’t give the Curmudgeonly Undead too hard a time – he inherited a mess, he works for liars and fools, and he was just a babysitter for the rest of a forgettable season from day 1, and….

        Oh look, here he comes now, to pull Ryan Webb who just walked Polanco to force in the Feelies’ third run. Slow. Deliberate. Into the wind. Wheezing….

    • hoopmatch - Sep 15, 2011 at 5:35 PM

      Tigers and Indians swapped managers (Jimmy Dykes and Joe Gordon) in 1959 or 1960.

  2. Gordon - Sep 15, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    Do it! But please make sure Kenny gets the boot as well. Clean house.

  3. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Sep 15, 2011 at 2:47 PM

    Perhaps both sides would be happy with a Morrison for Ozzie trade now. I certainly would like to see them on the same team though. Twitter would essplose.

    • nolanwiffle - Sep 15, 2011 at 3:41 PM

      I think The Doors make this deal seeing as how their frontman is…….dead. Sabbath may want Manzarek as well.

  4. halladaysbiceps - Sep 15, 2011 at 2:59 PM

    If Guillen is fired and he gets another managing job, the team that gives him the job must have a hole in their head. Who the hell would want this clown and all the aggravation he causes?

    • Old Gator - Sep 15, 2011 at 4:56 PM

      Horribly enough, Scrooge McLoria seems to be interested. For some reason or other MLB has always been convinced that if you field a team with enough “prominent” Latin Americans on it in Macondo, they will come. Well, they don’t, they haven’t – and Ozzie won’t make the difference. He’ll just make this town look like more of a Palookaville than it already does.

    • - Sep 15, 2011 at 5:30 PM

      Because he has a World Series ring, and his clubs are usually competitive.

  5. Alex K - Sep 15, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    If I keep saying it maybe it will happen….LoMo to the Cubs!

  6. bravin4evr - Sep 15, 2011 at 3:17 PM

    They will b lookn @ the seats they will fill

  7. phillyphever - Sep 15, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    Wait, weren’t the Sox asking for Stanton back for Ozzie instead of Morrison?

    • Old Gator - Sep 15, 2011 at 4:57 PM

      Even the Feesh notochord trust isn’t that stupid.

  8. sasquash20 - Sep 15, 2011 at 3:25 PM

    The Sox have to get rid of there GM. Ozzie has nothing solid to work with. Maybe cleaning house is the way to go. I just don’t think making Ozzie the scapegoat by himself is a smart move. He did help them win a WS, that has to be worth something. I’m not a Sox fan but I personally like Ozzie.

    • Alex K - Sep 15, 2011 at 3:31 PM

      It’s the same GM so the World Series should count at the very least just as much for him.

      • sasquash20 - Sep 15, 2011 at 6:15 PM

        Fair enough. I wasn’t sure if he was the same GM or not.

  9. shep1957 - Sep 15, 2011 at 4:41 PM

    About time. His act is really getting old. Just got totally out managed by Leyland. Doesn’t get any worse than that.

  10. jdd428 - Sep 15, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    All you Sox fans who want Ozzie gone need to ask yourselves one thing: Is there really a better option out there? Sure this season has been a mess, but you can’t blame Ozzie – they’re actually still in 2nd place despite having at least three of the worst regulars in MLB (Dunn, Rios, Beckham – and Morel has been pretty putrid too) and an underachieving pitching staff. To be where they are in spite of the production they’re getting is actually a testament to Guillen’s ability. I don’t think there are any better candidates to replace him. So, Ozzie-haters, be careful what you wish for – we could wind up with someone like Quade.

  11. - Sep 15, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    I like Ozzie from an entertainment stand point. Where ever he goes he should keep Tweeting, and having press conferences. The White Sox have a greater chance of being worse than Ozzie with their next manager than they do getting better. IMO

    • Old Gator - Sep 15, 2011 at 11:33 PM

      I fully concur with both jdd428 and sportsdrenched. Ozzie and the White Sox fit each other like whitefish and lampreys. They belong together. I think that if Ozzie’s devoted admirers – not including the image in Ozzie’s mirror – really want to keep him in Chicago, they need to make their voices heard now.

      Someone needs to write lyrics to the tune of “Keep the Dodgers in Brooklyn” in support of keeping Ozzie on the lakefront. You get it written; I’ll try to bring it to John Prine’s attention.

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