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Ozzie and 'the idiots out there'

Posted on: August 5, 2011 1:08 pm
Did you notice that Ozzie Guillen referred to his critics as "the idiots out there, the geniuses"?

Did you see that Ozzie said struggling center fielder Alex Rios is "brutal everywhere"?

Maybe you did, maybe you didn't. These Ozzie eruptions happen so often, it's easy to overlook them.

Oh, it's just Ozzie . . . again.

There's no indication that this one is any different, but some people who know the White Sox organization well are starting to believe that this year could be different. They're starting to believe that someone other than Ozzie Guillen will be managing the White Sox next year.

It's always dangerous to predict this. Jerry Reinsdorf is the most loyal owner in baseball. He has stuck with Ozzie through a lot worse crises than this.

And Ozzie has done as much as anyone to make the White Sox relevant in a town that still loves the Cubs.

When the Marlins came calling last winter, Reinsdorf asked a steep price (reportedly Logan Morrison or Mike Stanton) to let Ozzie out of his contract, and then he extended that contract for another year, through 2012.

So why would this year be any different?

Here's why it might be: First off, the White Sox are maybe the most disappointing team in baseball this year. Reinsdorf spent more money than ever ($128 million), passing the Tigers for the biggest payroll in the division.

Second, the front office nearly blew the team up with major trades before the July 31 deadline, and without a big turnaround between now and the end of the season, maybe that blow-up comes this winter, instead. If they're trying to change everything, maybe it's time to change managers, too.

Finally, there's Florida. The Marlins put 80-year-old Jack McKeon in charge as an interim manager when Edwin Rodriguez quit. They'll be looking for a new manager, to take the team into the new ballpark next spring. Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria loves Guillen.

It could well turn into a disaster. Guillen's White Sox players know him well, and there are enough veterans in the clubhouse to let any newcomers know that "that's just Ozzie." Who would do that in Miami?

What happens when Ozzie calls Marlins critics "idiots out there," or something worse?

I can't see it working. I'm still not convinced it's going to happen.

But more than ever before, it at least seems possible that Ozzie's eight-year run with the White Sox could be nearing the end.
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Posted on: August 7, 2011 9:44 am

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dump ozzie and kenny both - kenny for his overpaid recent pickups (rios, dunn, peavy) and ozzie for continually screwing up the daily lineup (why is dunn batting any higher than 7th?)...(i loved last night when lillibridge came in late for dunn, and the little guy hits a homer)...

ozzie's gig has been old for years now, i thonk he wants to get canned)...and how kenny is still surviving is amazing...

'all in' as a marketing line? can go all in when you got nothin' - there's no bluffing in baseball..

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