Ozzie Guillen's last stand?

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:44 PM ET

Ozzie Guillen has been many things in his in his eight years as Chicago White Sox manager. Boring is not one of them.

The fiery Venezuelan has railed at himself, at his players, at his bosses and his opponents. He always has been a speak-first, think-later kind of guy.

Now, as the Jays come in to face Guillen's team in the final three-game series of the season, he may be at the end of his rope in Chicago.

Guillen hasn't been shy about speaking on the subject of the extension that has not been offered to him by general manager Kenny Williams.

Guillen was the toast of Chicago when, in his second season at the helm, he took the White Sox to a World Series title in 2005. But since that dream season, the Sox have made the playoffs just once, in 2008, despite playing in what is considered one of the weakest divisions in baseball, the AL Central.

"When you are managing, you come every day to the ball park and that could be your last day," Guillen told reporters recently. "Especially the way we played this year. But no, I come with the same approach. If I come back, I come back. If not, I don't. I don't lose sleep with that. That's the more important thing for me. We think about it, yes, because I have family and I have to see what's going on."

Rumours have circulated that if Guillen is not in Chicago's plans, the Miami Marlins, as they will be known next season, are ready to sign him immediately as their manager, with the team going into a new ball park in 2012. As a hero in the Hispanic community, Guillen would be a marquee catch for a Miami team.

A Chicago reporter asked Guillen on Friday if he would bring himself back if he was the GM.

"Nope," he responded, "because I'm part of this (losing) group. But you always knock on the door to see what you get. I don't think they have to (give an extension), but my job is just to make sure to ask, you know what I mean?

"If I'm back, good, if not, you move on. Whatever happens will be for the good of the organization. Not (owner) Jerry (Reinsdorf) or Ozzie or Kenny, for the organization."

Williams has not tipped his hand on Guillen's future with the organization. Relations between himself and Guillen have been strained for several years but Guillen always has had a good relationship with Reinsdorf.

"It's been a disappointing season," Williams told the Chicago Sun-Times. "We had a club coming out of spring training we thought could do some special things and we haven't gotten the consistent play we hoped for. We'll just regroup at the end of the season and get after it again."

He concedes the Sox will have to decide if it's time to rebuild or merely retool.

"We have to get on the other side of some things," said Williams.

The elephant in the room, of course is if Guillen is one of the things they have to "get on the other side of."


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