White Sox manager Guillen insists he wants to stay
OAKLAND, Calif. — Ozzie Guillen would appreciate knowing as soon as possible where he stands with the Chicago White Sox.
He knows what he wants: to end his managerial career in the Windy City. If owner Jerry Reinsdorf and general manager Ken Williams have other plans, Guillen understands. He just wants to hear it, so he and his family can move forward one way or another.
“I want to be in Chicago, man,” Guillen said. “My mind is ready. I want to be here as long as I can. I want to be part of the White Sox the rest of my career. Hopefully, I can have a meeting with Jerry and Kenny and see what they have in mind. … I hope everything works out for both sides. I will respect what they have in mind. At the same time, it’s a business.”
The outspoken skipper addressed his uncertain future Wednesday. The 46-year-old Guillen is signed through 2012, but his rocky relationship with Williams could cause the sides to part ways sooner.
There’s been thought Guillen has his eyes on the Florida Marlins’ opening, though he insists he wants to stay put.
The White Sox will miss the playoffs for the second straight season.
“I know what I want. I’m very clear about that,” Guillen said. “That’s my choice. I don’t make my choices. It’s up to them. … When you go ask people about your future, you have to be prepared for the worst. From now on everywhere we go they’re going to ask me the same question.”
While there could be manager openings across the majors — perhaps on more than a third of the teams — Guillen said landing those jobs is much more difficult than being a free agent as a player.
“As a player, you have 30 choices,” he said. “As a manager, two or three.”
Guillen led the White Sox to a World Series title in 2005 in his second season. He joked that he doesn’t need much, just “a 10- to 12-year contract.” Guillen is 592-533 in seven seasons in Chicago, his only managerial job. He played the first 13 of his 16 big league seasons with the White Sox.
Guillen said he is ahead of any other possible choices for one reason.
“No one has the same passion and love for this organization as me,” Guillen said, also crediting his entire coaching staff.