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Happy Birthday Ozzie Guillen!!!

Happy Birthday Ozzie Guillen!!!

Ozzie Guillen turns 50 years old today.

The former Chicago White Sox and Miami Marlins manager finds himself unemployed right now. He’s still cashing in on a large contract that he signed with the Miami Marlins prior to the start of the 2012 baseball season, but for now he is not working.

Personally, I would like to see Ozzie get back into baseball at some capacity. And I would prefer that it be in a coaching or managing role versus as a commentator or on-air personality. After stripping down all of the loud personality that stands out like a sore thumb, Ozzie is a ‘baseball guy’ and I really like his approach to managing and working with young talent. It’s just to bad that he did not get the chance to really show off his skills in Miami…

Happy Birthday Mr. Guillen!!! Enjoy your extended vacation, but please come back soon!!

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And while you’re sitting back and enjoying life, please do not drink too much coconut water…

 

Happy Birthday Ozzie Guillen!!!

Happy Birthday Ozzie Guillen!!!

Ozzie Guillen turns 49 years old today.

The former Chicago White Sox and Miami Marlins manager finds himself unemployed right now. He’s still cashing in on a large contract that he signed with the Miami Marlins prior to the start of the 2012 baseball season, but for now he is not working.

Personally, I would like to see Ozzie get back into baseball at some capacity. And I would prefer that it be in a coaching or managing role versus as a commentator or on-air personality. After stripping down all of the loud personality that stands out like a sore thumb, Ozzie is a ‘baseball guy’ and I really like his approach to managing and working with young talent. It’s just to bad that he did not get the chance to really show off his skills in Miami…

Happy Birthday Mr. Guillen!!! Enjoy your extended vacation, but please come back soon!!

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Ozzie Guillen 1986 Fleer ROOKIE CARD!!!

Ozzie Guillen 1986 Fleer ROOKIE CARD!!!

No, I do not have any plans of becoming an Ozzie Guillen collector.

But he is the skipper of my team, and I like what he brings to the squad as it relates to on-field experience as well as being able to cope with stressful situations.

In my opinion, Ozzie has not been ‘himself’ for much of the season.  Maybe he is not meeting with reporters as often as he used to in Chicago.  Or maybe, he is just not feeling like adding fuel to the fire of what appears to be a sinking ship…

Either way, I was able to scoop this card up very inexpensively.  It was an ‘add-on’ to a larger order that I placed with one of my favorite sellers on http://www.sportlots.com.

Have a look at a much thinner Ozzie from more than 25 years ago:

And while not a Sox fan, I certainly do love that old-school logo!!!

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Hey Now, Look Who Picked Up An Ozzie Guillen Signed Baseball!!!

Hey Now, Look Who Picked Up An Ozzie Guillen Signed Baseball!!!

Since the day that he signed on to be the Miami Marlins manager, I knew that I wanted to add a signed baseball of Ozzie Guillen to my collection.

Guillen starred as the shortstop of the Chicago White Sox while I was living in Chicago.  And while I preferred the Cubs over the Sox, it was very hard to not notice and respect the work of the shortstop on the Sox.

I have followed Guillen’s career for more than 20 years.

I am proud to call him ‘My Skipper’.

As the 2012 baseball season approached, I was hoping to get a chance to meet Ozzie in person.  Ultimately, that mission failed. 

But, I had an autograph collecting pal attend a Season Ticket event a few weeks ago and he got an extra signed ball of Guillen at the event.

After a few rounds of negotiations, this is the latest signed ball for my collection:

Happy Birthday Ozzie Guillen!!!

Happy Birthday Ozzie Guillen!!!

Ozzie Guillen turns 48 years old today.

The former Chicago White Sox manager has moved on to the Miami Marlins, and I am very eager to see how he manages this new club as they certainly have their eyes on winning.

So, excuse me for not going into more detail about Guillen’s playing career; a career that included – the 1985 Rookie Of The Year award, 3 All-Star appearances, 1,764 hits, and a Gold Glove.

Happy Birthday Mr. Guillen!!!  Let’s Go Marlins!!!

Well That Was Quick! Let The Hanley Ramirez Chatter Begin…

Well That Was Quick!  Let The Hanley Ramirez Chatter Begin…

From By Enrique Rojas, ESPNDeportesLosAngeles.com

DALLAS — Hanley Ramirez has informed the Miami Marlins that he does not want to move from shortstop to third base, a source told ESPNDeportesLosAngeles.com on Tuesday.

Heath Bell says he took less money to sign a four-year deal with the Marlins. Bell thinks Albert Pujols will make a decision by next week and says Hanley Ramirez would switch to try to win a championship.

“Hanley doesn’t want to play third base and the Marlins were informed of that,” the source said. “Rather than ask for a trade, what he has done is to inform (the team) that he does not want to play another position other than shortstop.”

Meanwhile, Andy Mota, Ramirez’s agent, said to ESPNDeportesLosAngeles.com about the situation: “no comment.”

Ramirez, a three-time All-Star and a .306 hitter in six full seasons, would have to move positions with the acquisition of Jose Reyes, who agreed to a six-year, $106 million deal with the Marlins on Sunday.

The only public comment that Ramirez has made since Reyes’ deal was through his Twitter account on Tuesday afternoon.

He wrote: “What I can do now is work hard and be prepared for next season because that’s all that I can control, I love you all !!!!”

Ramirez is under contract with Miami for the next three years. The Marlins owe Ramirez $47 million until 2014, thanks to a six-year, $70 million extension he signed in May 2008.

 

New Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said that he would understand if Ramirez feels neglected because of Reyes’ deal. He spoke with Ramirez before the signing and plans to call him soon to talk more about it.

“He must understand what is best for the club and he will be a better player having those two guys in front of him in the lineup,” Guillen said at the winter meetings about Reyes and Emilio Bonifacio.

“The last thing we would do is slap the guy and say ‘you have to move’, that is not the way,” Guillen said. “I think the boy will have the opportunity to be an All-Star third baseman. We have the opportunity to have two All-Stars in these positions, ” Guillen said.

Welcome, Ozzie!!!!

Welcome, Ozzie!!!!

I am not one to put too much weight into the value of a manager.  But I will say that the Florida/Miami Marlins are in desperate need of an identity. 

And I do belive that new manager Ozzie Guillen can offer the team and its players the direction needed to find that identity.

Welcome, Ozzie!!!

Will Ozzie Guillen Be The First Manager In Miami Marlins History??

CHICAGO — After eight seasons, two American League Central titles, one World Series championship and countless entertaining moments on the South Side of Chicago, the White Sox agreed to manager Ozzie Guillen’s request to be released from his contract. The move allowed the manager to pursue other opportunities.

Guillen is expected to be named the next manager of the Marlins, possibly as soon as Wednesday. Marlins manager Jack McKeon announced earlier Monday that he will be retiring when the season ends Wednesday. The White Sox retain rights to compensation should Guillen accept a managerial position with another Major League team in 2012.

Marlins hitting coach Eduardo Perez, Marlins third-base coach Joe Espada and Nationals third-base coach Bo Porter all interviewed for the Marlins’ job Monday. If Guillen joins the Marlins, a source told MLB.com that the compensation is expected to be infielder Ozzie Martinez and a Minor League pitcher.

“There is something in place in the event that one particular team gets him,” said White Sox general manager Ken Williams of the potential return for Guillen. “But he’s free to negotiate with anybody. He’s free to talk to anybody at this point and time.”