It has now been three years since Ozzie Guillen left the White Sox, fleeing the team for the temporarily free-spending Marlins during the 2011-12 offseason. He left Chicago third on the franchise's all-time wins list.
Guillen, now 50, lasted just one season in Miami and now works as an analyst for ESPN and ESPN Deportes. While speaking with reporters at the All-Star Game earlier this week, Guillen said he would like to manage the White Sox again down the road. From Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times:
‘‘I wish,'' Guillen said. ‘‘But if I say yes, then I don't respect [current manager] Robin Ventura. But that's not where I'm coming from. When Robin gets tired of managing or he's had enough, I would like to be back. But it's up to them. If I wear a uniform and it's the White Sox, that will be special.''
Guillen said he and ChiSox owner Jerry Reinsdorf have started to repair their relationship, and the days of saying he would not attend the 10-year anniversary of the 2005 World Series team are over ("The 10-year anniversary is for the fans," he told Cowley).
During his eight years on Chicago's south side, the team went 678-617 (.524) under Guillen. They won two division titles (2005 and 2008) and that 2005 World Championship, the franchise's first in 88 years. Guillen was named AL Manager of the Year that season as well.
There are no indications the White Sox are unhappy with Ventura -- it's quite the opposite, in fact. He signed a multiyear extension in January and the team appears to be on the rise thanks to young talent like Chris Sale, Jose Abreu and Jose Quintana.
The Marlins are still paying Guillen through next season as part of the original four-year contract he signed with the team, plus he has his ESPN gig. Things are going well for him. These comments are nothing more than a seed being planted.
(h/t Big League Stew)