Ozzie Guillen would consider coaching with Cubs or White Sox
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter October 24, 2013 10:28AM
Miami Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen on the field during the pre game workout before the Chicago Cubs take on the Miami Marlins Tuesday July 17, 2012 at Wrigley Field in Chicago. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times
Updated: October 24, 2013 10:30AM
BOSTON — Ozzie Guillen has a World Series championship ring on his finger, Chicago is his home and he would know how to communicate with the Cubs’ young Latin prospects who need mentoring. But he doesn’t appear to be on president Theo Epstein’s radar for the Cubs’ managerial vacancy.
Guillen, though, said he would jump at the opportunity to bring the Cubs where he led the White Sox in 2005.
‘‘It would be great,’’ Guillen said before Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday at Fenway Park.
Guillen said he’s neither disappointed nor 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 said he wouldn’t lobby for the job if he didn’t see himself as a fit.
‘‘First of all, I live in Chicago,’’ he said. ‘‘Second of all, I know what direction they’re going from watching their games and reading the papers. 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’d coach this year or next year would have to be the 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 Miami Marlins fired him after the 2012 season. During that season with the Marlins, Guillen said he grew to appreciate former Sox general manager Ken Williams, with whom he had shared a stormy relationship. Guillen said none of that was baseball-related.
‘‘You learn,’’ Guillen said of
Miami, where the backlash caused by his praise of Cuban leader 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.’ ’’
‘‘That’s nice of him to say,’’ Williams, now the Sox’ executive vice president, said in a text message.
Guillen and the Sox parted ways at the end of the 2011 season, allowing him to take the job in Miami, where he said his comfort level with the media wasn’t the same as
it was in Chicago. He shouldn’t
expect a call from the Cubs, but he’s OK with that.
‘‘Whatever they want to do, I’d be willing to do,’’ he said. ‘‘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. If not, then I still respect the organization.’’