Tuesday, September 27, 2011
|He won't be wearing this uniform, but you get the idea...|
The Chicago Sun-Times reported Monday night the White Sox released Guillen Monday afternoon after he met with team owner Jerry Reinsdorf for an emotional goodbye.
Guillen told his players that Monday night's White Sox game against Toronto would be his last, and he is expected to fly to Miami Tuesday morning.
In return for declining a team option on Guillen for 2012, the White Sox retained the right to compensation, which the Marlins will send in the form of two minor leaguers.
I'm pretty sure there is no one left in the farm system that is untouchable these days (save maybe for Matt Dominguez), so it's hard to get too upset about trading anything for a manager.
Besides, at least it will keep the Marlins interesting, even if it's the train-wreck kind of interesting.
Jack McKeon had a few nice things to say about Ozzie, but he wasn't about to start pretending that a manager can actually make his players play better. He was asked what he thought Guillen brings to the Marlins, and replied:
You got me. Ozzie ain’t going to bring anything,. The players are going to bring it. Ozzie's a colorful guy. You guys will love him. You’ll have a lot to write about. He's a colorful guy. He knows this game.McKeon never fails to say what is on his mind, and if nothing else, Guillen will more than make up for the loss of McKeon in that regard.
What he can bring, it's like anything else. Good managers are (as good as) their good players.