- Jim Bowden, Baseball, Insider
As a player, Ozzie Guillen earned a reputation as a fiery competitor who liked to get his uniform dirty and was never at a loss for words, whether aimed at an umpire, opponent or even a teammate. After 13 years as the Chicago White Sox’s shortstop, winning the 1985 AL Rookie of the Year Award, and earning three All-Star appearances and a Gold Glove, Guillen became the club's manager in 2004. But after spending much of his baseball career on the South Side of Chicago, Guillen is finally moving on.
Guillen was released from his contract and will manage the Florida Marlins in 2012. According to reports, Guillen, 47, will agree to a four-year, $16 million contract, forgoing $2 million still owed to him by the White Sox. Chicago will even get two prospects as part of the deal, one of whom is hard-throwing right-hander Jhan Marinez, who struck out 11.5 men per nine at Double-A Jacksonville this year.
Guillen has a great relationship with Marlins ownership and their front office, having served as Marlins third-base coach during Jack McKeon’s first go-round as manager when he led Florida to a championship in 2003. McKeon was expected to announce his retirement Wednesday after the Marlins had finished the regular season, but the timetable was moved up to Monday when the Marlins and White Sox completed the deal.
The question is -- how long will the Marlins' honeymoon with Guillen last?
As a player, Ozzie Guillen earned a reputation as a fiery competitor who liked to get his uniform dirty and was never at a loss for words, whether aimed at an umpire, opponent or even a teammate.