(670 The Score) As he has expressed on multiple occasions over the years, Ozzie Guillen continues to have a burning desire to manage another MLB team. Not surprisingly given those familiar with Guillen’s outspoken nature, he also believes he’s the best candidate on a market that includes fellow World Series champion managers in A.J. Hinch and Alex Cora, who lost their jobs in the fallout from the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal during the 2017 season.
“They’re not better managers than me,” Guillen said on the Mully & Haugh Show on Wednesday morning. “Sorry. I don’t care. I don’t care. They’re not better managers than me. But hey, a second chance? Everyone has a second chance. Everyone – besides me. Everyone deserves a second chance, and hopefully they’ll learn from their mistake.”
Speculation is growing across MLB that Hinch and/or Cora will land managerial gigs this offseason. That’s also what Guillen wants after managing the White Sox from 2004-’11 and the Marlins in 2012 – and being out of MLB since. What Guillen doesn’t want is to be a token interview that allows MLB clubs to claim they were interested in a minority candidate when they really were locked in on someone else.
“Not really, not really,” Guillen said when asked if he has received any interest. “To be honest with you, I don’t want to be the check mark – ‘Oh, we interviewed a Latino, we interviewed Ozzie Guillen.’ I’ve been laid off, out of baseball managing for a few years, I’ve learned a lot. Because I’ve gotten to watch every manager, every move, every time they talk, what kind of move they make. And believe me, with all my respect to every manager in the game, I’m better than you – and a lot (better).
“I just wait. If they call me for real – I love what I’m doing, but I’d love to be back in the game (managing) … I’d love to be back in uniform. I’d love to be back as a manager … You can just pay whatever you want, give me the meal money. It’s not about the money. It’s about my pride. It’s about my grandkids seeing grandpa managing.”
Guillen was 747-710 (.513) in his nine seasons as an MLB manager and led the White Sox to the World Series title in 2005. He's currently an NBC Sports Chicago television analyst on its coverage of the White Sox and MLB.
Guillen believes he has grown as a manager and person over the years. His time with the White Sox was often marked by drama – be it with the media, a few of his own players or the front office.
“I know how the media works now,” Guillen said. “It’s easy to manage (the media) now. I know how the front office works now.
“Before, it was a fight. Before, (it was) work with the media, players, the front office. Now, it’s just go manage your game and don’t worry about as much. And hopefully I get the opportunity. Am I waiting for the opportunity? Yes. Can I not sleep because of the (lack of) opportunity? No, no. We’re fine. My wife, my family loves what I’m doing. I’m having a lot of fun. I can make fun of players. I can talk about everybody and don’t get in trouble. I get paid for it. You know me, I’ve been doing for six years. I love it.”
“I’ve grew up a lot in baseball – a lot. I went to coach in the winter leagues (in Venezuela in 2016) – not because I wanted to jump in the big leagues. I just wanted the experience.”