Guillen done with White Sox
By KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency
|Ozzie Guillen points to the crowd at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Ill., Sep. 26, 2011. (FRANK POLICH/Reuters)
CHICAGO - After an emotional meeting with owner Jerry Reinsdorf and a bizarre, inflammatory pre-game press conference, Ozzie Guillen is out after eight lively years as manager of the Chicago White Sox.
The White Sox agreed to Guillenís request to be released from his contract, with one year remaining, to pursue other opportunities. The White Sox retain rights to compensation should Guillen accept a managerial position elsewhere in 2012.
An ESPN report Monday night said Guillen is close to an agreement to manage the Florida Marlins, who are moving into a new stadium in Miami and changing their name to the Miami Marlins next season.
ďIím good at what I do,Ē said Guillen. ďThey should (hire me). Everybody can want me, itís one thing if they can get me. Itís not easy, like ĎOK, I want to get you, come here and do it.í No, thatís a process. If the Marlins are interested in me, good for them. Iím open to anything.Ē
Guillen took the White Sox to a World Series title in 2005, his second full season as manager.
ďBelieve me, itís not easy for me and him to have that type of conversation,Ē said Guillen. ďItís very painful. But this is a business. I want to know whatís my status. Thatís the only thing I can do in life, is baseball. I make my money out of baseball. Itís hard for me to put this man in that situation.Ē