White Sox’ Ozzie Guillen heading for permanent vacation?
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN firstname.lastname@example.org September 20, 2011 10:22PM
White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen wants to learn chairman Jerry Reinsdorf’s plans before embarking on a trip to Spain. | Tony Dejak~AP
Updated: November 10, 2011 3:14PM
CLEVELAND — With each passing day, Ozzie Guillen appears to be closer to the end of his colorful managerial tenure with the White Sox.
Guillen has a year left on his contract, thanks to an extension he received last off-season, but he believes his body of work merits more years despite a disappointing 75-79 record.
On a day the Sox split a day-night doubleheader with the Cleveland Indians, the loss in the first game being their eighth in nine games, Guillen reiterated his desire to know where he stands very soon. He says he wants to stay in Chicago, but he also needs love and respect and wants it expressed with more years and money — something the Florida Marlins seem willing to give if they are granted permission to talk to him.
With a vacation planned for Spain a couple of days after the season ends next Wednesday, Guillen was asked if he still wants to know chairman Jerry Reinsdorf’s plans for him by then.
“I hope I do,’’ Guillen said Tuesday. “I hope my switch is off right away because I don’t want to spend time with my wife thinking about baseball and think about the future.‘’
Gauging Guillen’s leverage in seeking a new deal is tricky. The Sox are fading down the stretch of a disappointing season. Reinsdorf gave Guillen an extension last winter, has him under contract and can force the manager to write his own walking papers.
Should Guillen be traded to Florida, getting something in return would make the breakup less harsh.
“The future? Only two gods I know: Jerry’s God and the real God know what my future is being here,’’ Guillen said.
Leaving some wiggle room in his time frame, he added, “as soon as I go home I leave [on vacation] but when I come back we talk about it. But I hope my conversation with my wife is not about my future, it’s having fun and forget about this crazy summer of ours and this very sad summer.’’
A 4-3 loss Tuesday added to the sadness, solidifying the Indians’ grasp on second and the Sox’ on the third in the AL Central. It featured the usual Sox-like warts — 2-for-2 on stolen bases by the Indians, 1-for-2 stealing by the Sox and two double plays on balls that never touched the ground. The Sox settled for two runs in an inning that could have been bigger, a recurring theme in 2011.
“I no say embarrassing, but it makes you wonder if you’re managing well, if my coaching staff did their job,’’ Guillen said, reflecting on the season.
Barring a strong finish, this will be Guillen’s third losing season of his eight with the Sox. He is tied with Terry Francona of Boston for the fourth-longest tenure in baseball.
Guillen accepts the blame but knows there is plenty to go around.
“You had a losing season; that’s all that matters,’’ he said. “A lot of people have to look at themselves in the mirror from the top to the bottom to see if we did the right thing with this ballclub this year.”