Ozzie Guillen is no longer waiting around for the next Major League managerial opportunity that may or may not come, but he has not lost hope. He has too much love for the game. Too much belief in his abilities. Too much of a desire to leave baseball on his own terms to think someone won't offer him a final chance to prove himself. Earlier in the week, I asked Guillen the easiest of questions: Would he, the former World Series-winning manager of the White Sox, be interested in managing in the Major Leagues again? “I would love it,” he said. “There’s no doubt about that.” Guillen’s bags were half-packed. He was scheduled to fly out of Chicago on Friday morning to Venezuela, where he is set to begin his second season as manager of Tiburones de La Guaira, as he continues to fill the managing void in his heart in the Venezuelan Winter League. “I will be honest,” he said. “Scouts, (general managers), I know for a fact they’re not saying, ‘Go to Venezuela and watch Ozzie manage,’ ” he said. “To me, I just give myself an opportunity to be happy and an opportunity to do what I love to do. To me, that’s very important in the game.” There could be no basis to Guillen’s name being mentioned as a candidate to replace Brad Ausmus as the Detroit Tigers' manager next season. He might not be on general manager Al Avila’s extensive list of candidates. But talk to him for a half hour, and he will convince you that he deserves a cursory look. Guillen, 53, is managing in his native Venezuela not because he needs the money or because he sees it as a bridge to another opportunity to the Major Leagues. He’s managing there, he said, because being a manager is part of who he is. “You don’t know what you have until it’s gone,” he said. Guillen has an extensive baseball background. After a 16-year career as a player, he took over the White Sox in 2004 at age 40. One season later, they won the World Series. In eight seasons in Chicago, he went 678-617 and won two American League Central division titles. He was released from his contract late in the 2011 season, his welcome worn out, and traded to the Marlins for prospects. He lasted one season in Miami.
Detroit Tigers should at least talk to Ozzie Guillen about manager job
Detroit Free Press | Sep 29