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White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf says Ozzie Guillen didn’t quit on team

Jan 23, 2012, 7:05 PM EDT

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Ozzie Guillen threatened retaliation over the weekend for some recent comments by right-hander Jake Peavy which implied that he quit on the White Sox last September by stepping down as manager with two games remaining in the season.

Guillen hasn’t said anything on the matter since and it appears White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf is doing his best to ensure that the drama ends now.

Courtesy of, Reinsdorf released a statement earlier this evening saying that Guillen left the White Sox with his blessing.

“Regarding Ozzie Guillen’s departure as White Sox manager last September, I want to make it clear that he left with our organization’s blessing and at my urging. Ozzie told me he wanted to finish out the year, the Marlins really wanted him in Miami for the conclusion of the season, and I told him that he had no choice but to go given the excitement surrounding the opening of their new stadium and the unveiling of their new uniforms. Ozzie needed to be in Miami at the end of the season for the Marlins.

“We will always be grateful for the 21 seasons Ozzie spent in a White Sox uniform as a player and coach, especially his role in helping us win the 2005 World Series championship.  We wish him nothing but the best.”

That settles that. Sigh. I suppose Ozzie will have to “kill people’s feelings” some other time.

  1. Old Gator - Jan 23, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    And that other time will come, as surely as there’s a meteorite out their with our names on it.

    • Old Gator - Jan 23, 2012 at 7:10 PM

      …out there.

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      • proudlycanadian - Jan 23, 2012 at 7:19 PM

        “their” has been “outed”.

  2. Old Gator - Jan 23, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Stop the Presses…er, Pixels!

    This is just too, too, too good: a couple of local state representatives vacationing on the nickels of their corporate pimps up in Tallahassee stumbled over a decades old law that…ready for this>…requires all publicly funded sports facilities to function as homeless shelters when no events are being held!!!!

    They’ve run the old bill by their first committee up in the State House and it passed review muster with flying colors – one would hope not the same gauche pastiche as on the new Feesh “M” logo – and no doubt the potentates of Macondo’s World Class Waterfront Arena, the Tropicana Dump and – yes – the spanking new, financially snafu’d Macondo Banana Massacre Field, home of the Feesh are swallowing their cajones at the idea of being forced to comply.

    Because these state reps seem really to mean it.

    Ja, look here, Katy….

    • ptfu - Jan 23, 2012 at 7:50 PM

      It’s a win-win. Rays & Marlins can fill empty seats and claim increased “attendance”. The homeless get a safe place to be–just watch out for batted balls.

      • Old Gator - Jan 23, 2012 at 9:16 PM

        And the BO of the guy sitting next to you suppresses your beer farts. You’re right. It’s win-win. …until you look a little closer and realize that it’s Eric Show, returned from the dead to eat your brayyyaaaaaaiiiiinnnnn……

  3. Jonny 5 - Jan 23, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    WTF Reinsdorf-us. We were patiently waiting for Ozzie to kill peoples feelings, mainly because there is little pleasure in our lives without baseball. You ruined it for us!

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