There isn't a whole lot going on in the world of baseball during the three ... no wait, now FOUR days MLB takes off for the All-Star break.
Nonetheless, it may have surprised you if you picked up a copy of the Chicago Sun-Times on Wednesday to see this:
Or maybe you're like most people and you don't really pick up the physical copy of the newspaper anymore, in which case you may have at least seen a link to the aforementioned Joe Cowley article in which old friend Ozzie Guillen stated his desire to mend all the fences he broke when he left the White Sox organization at the end of the 2011 season.
There isn't a whole lot to the article. Guillen told Cowley that he would be willing to attend any sort of 10-year anniversary celebration for the 2005 World Series team next year, and that any beef he had with the organization in the past is over.
And that makes sense. Guillen, Kenny Williams and Jerry Reinsdorf are grownups, and regardless of any individual feelings one may have about the man, it would be silly for the manager of the most celebrated White Sox team in a century to neglect to be included in any celebration thereof, whether it's his doing or the organization's.
Cowley, however, did as I'm doing and buried the lede:
The change of heart by Guillen, who is still collecting a salary from the Miami Marlins and the Sox, didn’t stop with SoxFest. Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf is a New York guy and well-versed in the Billy Martin-George Steinbrenner on-again, off-again owner-manager relationship. Could Guillen as manager be the future of the Sox?
‘‘I wish,’’ Guillen said. ‘‘But if I say yes, then I don’t respect [current manager] Robin Ventura. But that’s not where I’m coming from. When Robin gets tired of managing or he’s had enough, I would like to be back. But it’s up to them. If I wear a uniform and it’s the White Sox, that will be special.’’
I wouldn't read too much into this. I don't believe this is the beginning of some sort of campaign by Guillen to become the team's manager once again. If I had to guess, it's more Cowley looking for a story and Guillen giving it to him by basically saying "never say never."
The White Sox are done with Ozzie Guillen, at least in the managerial sense. The organizational philosophy has changed mightily in the three years since he left, and I would imagine if (when?) the Sox move on from Ventura, Guillen won't be considered.
Having him at SoxFest and other fan-based celebrations is fine. Several people in the Chicago area still love him, and again, he was the manager of the only World Series champion this town has seen in a century. That's all fine and well.
But all this hubbub about him wanting to manage again is mostly nonsensical. It's just something to talk about during a slow time for baseball news.
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