Ozzie Guillen on managing the Cubs: ‘It would be great’
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter October 23, 2013 4:52PM
9-30-2008--Sox vs. Twins--Sox manager Ozzie Guillen waves after the clinch---Sun-Times photo by Tom Cruze
Would you want to see Ozzie managing the Cubs?
Updated: October 23, 2013 9:19PM
BOSTON – Ozzie Guillen has a World Series championship ring on his finger, Chicago is his home and he’d know how to communicate with those young Latin Cubs prospects. He doesn’t appear to even be on Theo Epstein’s radar, though, for the vacant managerial post, but boy, would Guillen jump at the opportunity to bring the Cubs where he led the White Sox in 2005.
“It would be great,’’ Guillen said Wednesday before Game 1 of the World Series at Fenway Park.
Guillen said he’s neither disappointed or surprised the Cubs haven’t called.
“If they call, I will appreciate it. If they don’t, I keep waiting,’’ he said. “I want to go back to managing. We’ll see what happens.’’
Guillen wouldn’t lobby for the job if he didn’t see himself as a fit. He also said he can envision himself taking a coaching position with the Cubs or Sox. But the Cubs manager’s job is the apple of his eye.
“First of all, I live in Chicago. Second of all, I know what direction they’re going from watching their games and reading the papers,’’ he said. “Winning on both sides of the city, not too many people would have that opportunity. To get it done, on both sides of the city, wow, that would be special. Especially for me because I live there all year long and want to live in Chicago the rest of my life.
“People ask me about coaching, well, the only place I coach this year or next year would have to be Cubs or Sox, because I don’t want to move out of my house.’’
The only open position on the Sox staff is the hitting coach, which doesn’t fit his profile. In the meantime, Guillen enjoys working for ESPN and ESPN Deportes at what he calls “a very good job” he picked up after the Marlins fired him after the 2012 season.
During that year, Guillen said he grew to appreciate then general manager Ken Williams, with whom he had shared a stormy relationship. Guillen said none of it was baseball related.
“You learn,’’ Guillen said of Miami, where the backlash caused by his praise of Fidel Castro caught up to him. “Honesty can never kill anyone. Honesty is the best thing.
“After I left Chicago I knew how good Kenny was. A lot of things happened in (Miami), I wish Kenny was there to handle the stuff the way it should be handled. When I left I said, [Chicago] wasn’t that bad.’’
Guillen and the Sox parted ways at the end of the 2011 season, allowing him to take the Marlins job. He shouldn’t expect a call from the Cubs, but he’s OK with that.
“I read the papers and all this stuff. Whatever they want to do, I’d be willing to do,’’ he said. “I have been through the different stages as a manager and a coach. But it depends what they want. I respect them, and they don’t have to call me because I live in Chicago and I’m Ozzie Guillen. If they think I deserve a shot, I’m waiting for, and if not then I still respect the organization.’’