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Catching up with Ozzie Guillen

Aug 29, 2013, 8:35 AM EDT

Ozzie Guillen AP

Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune has a nice feature up about Ozzie Guillen, who is finishing up his first summer as a civilian. The talk is wide-ranging, focusing on how he’s enjoyed the year off but wants to manage again and how, while he’d like to come back to U.S. Cellular Field to visit his friends on the White Sox, he doesn’t feel welcome with Kenny Williams still hanging around. For Williams part, there are no hard feelings.

There are a lot of managers whose contract is up or who are on the hot seat at the moment. I know that Ozzie isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I can’t imagine he couldn’t help some teams. Especially ones who need a kick in the pants.  Seattle would probably be a great fit for him, for example.

I bet we see him someplace new either at the beginning of next season or sometime in the middle taking over for someone else.

  1. dondada10 - Aug 29, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    A lot of managers who get fired return as bench coaches or third base coaches for a season or two before they get another head gig. Can you do that with Ozzie, or is he too much of a lightning-rod at this point?

  2. papichulo55 - Aug 29, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    Mattingly could use him for the rest of the season. The exchanges between Ozzie and Puig would be priceless!

  3. skeleteeth - Aug 29, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    Just get him out of the AL and away from Bruce fucking Chen. (no disrespect)

  4. pisano - Aug 29, 2013 at 8:59 AM

    He’s perfect where he’s at, enough said.

  5. josemartez - Aug 29, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    Bring him to Toronto. Him and Lawrie would get along great.

  6. shanabartels - Aug 29, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    There is a pay wall — I would have liked to read the article, but oh well.

  7. Reflex - Aug 29, 2013 at 9:39 AM

    Interesting point about Seattle. I’m not an Ozzie fan, I don’t like how he runs his teams, etc. But the M’s manager situation just sucks and has sucked the entire time Jack’s been on the job. I have to wonder if Ozzie wouldn’t be the kick suggested, in a good way, before he wore out his welcome in year two of course.

  8. jaylaw01 - Aug 29, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    The Wedge isn’t going anyplace. He’s in Seattle as long as Jackie Z is.

  9. pixteca - Aug 29, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    He´s been part of the latin-american broadcast for ESPN’s games… and has made them even more boring, even with the jokes he always tell.

  10. scouter2012 - Aug 29, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    On behalf of Seattle…No!

  11. Old Gator - Aug 29, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    (Continues working on whatever’s on his desk at the moment, happily done with all that.)

  12. jeffbbf - Aug 29, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    but I can’t imagine he couldn’t help some teams. Especially ones who need a kick in the pants

    Was Ozzie really a ball-buster toward under-performing or players perceived to have a lack of hustle? I remember him bullying rookies and insulting sports writers, the GM, the Cubs, and even fans on occasion, but I don’t remember him being particularly rough on anyone who really needed it. It certainly didn’t seem to be happening in Miami.

  13. dj1always - Sep 21, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    like Ozzie or not, the SOB can manage. He’s no nonsense and I think the NY METS would be be a great fit. Large market, he’ll fill the seats and maybe more entertaining than the team. yeah he made winner out of the white sox! What have they done since he left?

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